<< Wednesday, October 16, 2019 >>

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Combinatorics Reading Seminar: Ice Models for Type A

Seminar | October 16 | 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Yulia Alexandr, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

This talk will focus on combinatorial objects called ice models, which arise in statistical mechanics. We will start by exploring the relationship between semi-standard Young tableaux and Gelfand-Tsetlin patterns, and see how the Shur polynomial can be defined in terms of those objects. In general, given rules for a tableaux representing a branching rule for GL(n, C), we define a bijection...   More >

Study Abroad Office Hours at EOP

Miscellaneous | October 2 – December 4, 2019 every Wednesday with exceptions | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, EOP at MLK BNorth

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Interested in studying abroad? A Berkeley Study Abroad Peer Adviser will hold office hours at EOP every Wednesday from 11:30am-1:30pm during the fall semester to answer questions about program options, scholarships, how to apply and additional services offered!

Sign-up for a spot on http://tinyurl.com/eopstudyabroad.

Blade(let) Makers and Communities of Practice at Kharaneh IV

Lecture | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Felicia De Peña, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

Educational processes like teaching and learning are important components of enculturational processes. The act of learning a skill, practicing the skill in daily life, and transmitting a body of knowledge is a dynamic and ever-changing representation of sociocultural practices that reflects the doxa and habitus of a practicing group. In this talk, I will discuss the current methods I employ to...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Seminar: "Probing Photosynthesis in C3 Plants"

Seminar | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall

 Maureen Hanson, Cornell University

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Maureen R. Hanson is the Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics. She received a B.S. degree at Duke University and a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Harvard University. Her lab aims to understand the mechanism of RNA editing in chloroplasts and mitochondria of plants, which results in modification of specifics Cs to Us in transcripts, altering...   More >

CITRIS Research Exchange - Lisa Yeo

Seminar | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium, 310

 CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

CITRIS Research Exchange is free and open to the public. Each one-hour seminar starts at 12 pm and is hosted at the Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley campus unless otherwise noted. Register by the Monday prior to the event to receive lunch.

  RSVP online

600 Million and Counting: How Demographers Missed the Astonishing Population Reduction Caused by China's Birth Planning Program: A Demography Brown Bag Talk

Colloquium | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

 Daniel Goodkind, Independent Researcher

 Population Science, Department of Demography

A lunch time talk and discussion session, featuring visiting and local scholars presenting their research on a wide range of topics of interest to demography.

MVZ LUNCH SEMINAR - Eva K. Fischer: Title TBA

Seminar | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, 3101 VLSB, Grinnell-Miller Library

 Eva K. Fischer

 Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

MVZ Lunch is a graduate level seminar series (IB264) based on current and recent vertebrate research. Professors, graduate students, staff, and visiting researchers present on current and past research projects. The seminar meets every Wednesday from 12- 1pm in the Grinnell-Miller Library. Enter through the MVZ's Main Office, 3101 Valley Life Sciences Building, and please let the receptionist...   More >

Armenians in Ethiopia: Foreignness, Politics, and the Making of a Homeland in Diaspora

Lecture | October 16 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Boris Adjemian, Director, AGBU Nubar Library (Paris)

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

In the academic literature and typologies, the Armenian diaspora is widely characterized as a classical example of trading diaspora, middlemen minority, and/or victim diaspora. In this conception diasporas are supposed to be de-territorialized, inextricably linked to the remote fatherland of their ancestors, whereas their attachment to the host society would remain superficial and depoliticized....   More >

Townsend Book Chat with Stephen Best: None Like Us: Blackness, Belonging, Aesthetic Life

Lecture | October 16 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Questioning the assumption that the slave past provides an explanatory prism for understanding the black political present, Best offers a new way of understanding the constitution of black subjectivity.

Gospel Chorus: Noon Concert Series

Performing Arts - Music | October 16 | 12 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Department of Music

Mark Wilson, Director

Free. No reserved seating.

Doors: 12:00pm
Concert: 12:15-1pm

The Sense of Fairness in Chimpanzees and Children

Colloquium | October 16 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. | 1104 Berkeley Way West

 Jan Engelmann, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley Psychology

 Institute of Personality and Social Research

It is often argued that the sense of fairness consists in an aversion to unequal resource distributions. Standard accounts claim that chimpanzees react negatively to allocations in which they receive less than others, while children, from around 8 years onwards, also react negatively to allocations in which they receive more than others. I will review recent evidence suggesting two modifications...   More >

Decreasing an Elder's Isolation and Loneliness (BEUHS185)

Workshop | October 16 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Joy Zhang, Mon Ami; Amber Carroll, Covia Community Services

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care Program

With the loss of family, friends, and community, an elder may be more alone now than at any other time in their lives, leaving them vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness. In addition, they may be at increased risk for related health problems such as cognitive decline, depression and heart disease. This class will provide education around social isolation, loneliness and associated risk...   More >

Fireside Chat with Paul Butler

Presentation | October 16 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | 297 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Paul Butler; Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

 UC Berkeley School of Law

Fireside Chat with Paul Butler
This conversation will be led by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
12:15pm to 1:30pm at Goldberg room 297
RSVP by 10/7/2019 for a complimentary lunch:

Informal Student Gathering
1:35pm to 2:30pm at Goldberg room 297
(all students welcome!)

Jefferson Memorial Lecture
Prison Abolition,...   More >

Faculty Research Seminar: Consumer-Lending Discrimination in the Era of FinTech with Adair Morse

Seminar | October 16 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, N440-444

 Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership

The Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership is ​pleased​ to announce a new ​research seminar promoting the work of Haas professor Adair Morse on Wednesday, October 16 from 12:30-1:30pm in N440/N444.​ Lunch will be provided for the first 20 attendees.

Abstract: ​

Ethnic discrimination in lending can materialize in face-to-face decisions or in algorithmic...   More >

Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): ECH=HM, their Q-grading and the eta invariant

Seminar | October 16 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Nikhil Savale, Universität zu Köln

 Department of Mathematics

This pre-talk explains some of the background behind the asymptotics of ECH capacities and its subleading estimate. Firstly this includes an outline of Taubes's isomorphism between embedded contact homology (ECH) and monopole Floer homology (HM). Next we describe the eta invariant of Atiyah-Patodi-Singer, some of its analytic properties and its relationship with the rational Q-grading on HM.

Weekly Coffee Break

Social Event | August 28 – December 11, 2019 every Wednesday | 3-4 p.m. |  Windmill Coffee House

 2131 Durant, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Berkeley International Office's Coffee Break is a weekly opportunity for UC Berkeley global students to meet and engage with one another in a relaxing environment. It’s a chance to enjoy free coffee, share stories about your experiences on campus, and get to know Berkeley International Office advisers. All UC Berkeley students are invited. Students are free to talk about anything, but we'll also...   More >

OPT Document Check Workshop

Workshop | October 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 103 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Join Berkeley International Office as you prepare to put together your documents for your OPT application. This workshop will cover required documents, how to fill out the forms, and most common mistakes in the application. In addition, there will be a Q&A portion during which you can ask specific questions about your own application.

Please note that this workshop is specifically for OPT...   More >

Karthik Natarajan — Exploiting Partial Correlations in Distributionally Robust Optimization

Seminar | October 16 | 3-4 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Karthik Natarajan, Singapore University of Technology and Design

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Abstract: In this work, we identify partial correlation information structures that allow for simpler reformulations in evaluating the maximum expected value of mixed integer linear programs with random objective coefficients. To this end, assuming only the knowledge of the mean and the covariance matrix entries restricted to block-diagonal patterns, we develop a reduced semidefinite programming...   More >

Concentration of measure phenomenon in sub-critical exponential random graphs

Seminar | October 16 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Kyeongsik Nam, U.C. Berkeley Mathematics

 Department of Statistics

The exponential random graph model (ERGM) is a central object in the study of clustering properties in social networks as well as canonical ensembles in statistical physics. It is a version of the well known Erd˝os-R´enyi graphs, obtained by tilting according to the subgraph counting Hamiltonian. Despite its importance in the theory of random graphs, lots of fundamental questions have...   More >

If . . .

Film - Feature | October 16 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Which side will you be on?” asked the ads for Lindsay Anderson’s surrealist dissection of conformity and oppression, metaphorically set in that most brutal of institutions: boarding school. “Don’t speak to us; you’re scum,” scowl the stuffy, well-sodomized senior leaders of College House, cruelly keeping order like true sons of the Establishment. The lackadaisical fantasist Travis (Malcolm...   More >

Berkeley Number Theory Learning Seminar: Algebraic lifting invariants I and components of Hurwitz spaces over the complex numbers

Seminar | October 16 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall | Note change in date

 Zixin Jiang, University of California, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Renarrating the Past: Conflict and Negotiation of Narratives along the Borders of India, Vietnam, and Japan

Panel Discussion | October 16 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Hisashi Shimojo, University of Shizuoka; Kana Tomizawa, University of Shizuoka

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Center for Global Studies (CEGLOS), University of Shizuoka

- Keiko Yamanaka, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley
- Dana Buntrock, Department of Architecture, UC Berkeley

- Kana Tomizawa, University of Shizuoka
How to Narrate Oppressed Grief: from Yasukuni to Calcutta
- Hisashi Shimojo, University of Shizuoka
Belonging and Religion in a Multi-Ethnic Society: Cross-Border Migration...   More >

Near-infrared Optical Probes for Imaging Neuromodulators with High Spatiotemporal Resolution/ Biosynthesis of Triacsins

Colloquium | October 16 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Tan Hall

 Abraham Beyene, PhD student in the Landry Group; Frederick Twigg, PhD student in the Zhang Group

 College of Chemistry

Near-infrared Optical Probes for Imaging Neuromodulators with High Spatiotemporal Resolution/Biosynthesis of Triacsins

EECS Colloquium: Provably Beneficial Artificial Intelligence

Colloquium | October 16 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, 306 (HP Auditorium)

 Stuart Russell, Berkeley EECS

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

It is reasonable to expect that AI capabilities will eventually exceed those of humans across a range of real-world-decision making scenarios. Should this be a cause for concern, as Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and others have suggested?...   More >

Flexibility, Interpretability, and Scalability in Time Series Modeling: Neyman Seminar

Seminar | October 16 | 4-5 p.m. | 1011 Evans Hall

 Emily Fox, University of Washington

 Department of Statistics

We are increasingly faced with the need to analyze complex data streams; for example, sensor measurements from wearable devices have the potential to transform healthcare. Machine learning—and moreover deep learning—has brought many recent success stories to the analysis of complex sequential data sources, including speech, text, and video. However, these success stories involve a clear...   More >

Mind Reading and Telepathy for Beginners and Intermediates

Lecture | October 16 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Nick Merrill

 Information, School of

What people think machines can know about the mind, and why their beliefs matter

Topology Seminar: Sub-leading asymptotics of ECH capacities

Seminar | October 16 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall

 Nikhil Savale, Universität zu Köln

 Department of Mathematics

On a closed, contact three manifold the asymptotics of its ECH spectrum are known to recover the contact volume. This has applications to the existence of at least two, and in some cases two or infinitely many, Reeb orbits as well as the density of the union of periodic Reeb orbits for generic contact forms. In this talk, we improve the asymptotic formula for ECH spectrum with a subleading...   More >

Jefferson Memorial Lecture featuring Paul Butler: Prison Abolition, and a Mule

Lecture | October 16 | 4:10 p.m. |  Bancroft Hotel, Great Hall

 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Paul Butler, The Albert Brick Professor in Law, Georgetown Law

 Graduate Division

Paul Butler will present the Jefferson lecture on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. The lecture, entitled "Prison Abolition, and a Mule," will be held in the Great Hall of the Bancroft Hotel and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Paul Butler

San Francisco World History Reading Group: Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World by Gregory T. Cushman

Meeting | October 16 | 5-7 p.m. |  Civic Center Secondary School

 1995 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

 ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

Teachers in ORIAS World History Reading Groups read one book each month within a global studies theme. Participants meet monthly to eat and spend two hours in collegial conversation. It is a relaxing, intellectually rich atmosphere for both new and experienced teachers.

 This event is for k-14 teachers.

  Register online or or by emailing Shane Carter at orias@berkeley.edu

Medicine Stories: Indigenous Perspectives on Mind-Altering Substances

Conference/Symposium | October 16 | 5-8 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Anthropology

This gathering will center indigenous perspectives in dialogue on the complex issues surrounding globalization of mind-altering substances.

About this Event:
Since the beginning of human existence, people of the world have altered their minds with countless practices and substances. They have done so for many reasons, ranging from pleasure to health to ceremony, with effects both harmful and...   More >

  RSVP online

The Infiltrators: Filmmaker Reception: Meet the filmmakers of the award winning new film followed by a screening.

Reception | October 16 | 5:30-6:15 p.m. |  Latinx Research Center

 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Alex Rivera, Co-Director, The Infiltrators

 Latinx Research Center

Directors Cristina Ibarra (in her Sundance debut) and Alex Rivera (Sleep Dealer, 2008 Sundance Film Festival) design a hybrid cinematic language, combining familiar documentary form and scripted narrative to map an uncharted domain: inside an Obama-era immigration detention system. Based on true events, The Infiltrators is both a suspenseful account of a high-stakes mission and an emotionally...   More >

Accenture Labs Info-Session

Information Session | October 16 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Meet us for a casual Q&A dinner and Info-Session!


Andrew Nam, R&D Group System and Platforms

- Research Areas: Data Science 2.0
- Knows about: Machine Learning, API platform development, Containerization (Docker)
- Current projects: AutoML: Developing a new approach to model architecture and hyperparameter tuning to provide more intelligent and intentional machine learning...   More >

The Belt and Road Initiative: The Future of Energy + Water in Asia and Beyond

Panel Discussion | October 16 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Chou Hall N440+N444

 BERC and the Institute of East Asian Studies

Join BERC and IEAS/CCS as we discuss the implications of large-scale infrastructure development on natural resources through the lens of China's BRI.

Career Connections: PhDs

Social Event | October 16 | 6-8 p.m. | Career Center (2440 Bancroft Way), Blue and Gold Room

 Cal Alumni Association, Career Center

Seeking PhD alumni and professionals working in a variety of roles and industries to share their Cal to career story with students. PhD recruiters are also encouraged to participate.

Toastmasters on Campus Club: Learn public speaking

Meeting | January 14, 2015 – December 18, 2019 every Wednesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. | 3111 Etcheverry Hall

 Toastmasters on Campus

Toastmasters has been the world leader in teaching public speaking since 1924. Meetings are an enjoyable self-paced course designed to get you up and running as a speaker in only a few months.

The Infiltrators: Film Screening and Live Q&A: Meet the filmmakers of the award winning new film followed by a screening.

Film - Feature | October 16 | 6:30-8:05 p.m. | A1 Hearst Field Annex

 2545-2581 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Alex Rivera, Co-Director, The Infiltrators

 Latinx Research Center

The Infiltrators is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of young immigrants who get arrested by Border Patrol, and put in a shadowy for-profit detention center – on purpose.

ANTISOCIAL: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation: A sweeping, unsettling portrait of today’s America

Special Event | October 16 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Andrew Marantz, Author, New Yorker Magazine

 Carol Christ, Chancellor, UC Berkeley; Ed Wasserman, Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley

 Office of Chancellor

New Yorker magazine reporter, Andrew Marantz, will discuss the chilling trends and discoveries described in his powerful new book, “ANTISOCIAL: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation.”

Free Free

  Register online

Found Images: Films by Scott Stark

Film - Feature | October 16 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Tonight’s program focuses on one strain in local filmmaker Scott Stark’s extensive oeuvre—the use of found images, whether industrial footage, movie trailers, amateur films, pornography, books, photographs, or, in the case of I’ll Walk with God, emergency information cards. Conceptually intriguing, often humorous, always surprising, these films are also often uncharacterizable. Stark constructs...   More >

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

The Life and Career of Kaneji Domoto

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 19 – December 16, 2019 every day | 210 Wurster Hall

 Environmental Design, College of

This exhibition explores the complex story behind the only American Japanese architect and landscape architect at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian community, in Westchester County, New York in 1944.

The Languages of Berkeley: An Online Exhibition

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020 every day |  Free Speech Movement Cafe (Moffitt Library)

 Library, Berkeley Language Center

Celebrates the magnificent diversity of languages that advance research, teaching, and learning at the University of California, Berkeley. It is the point of embarkation for an exciting sequential exhibit that will build on one post per week, showcasing an array of digitized works in the original language chosen by those who work with these languages on a daily basis - librarians, professors,...   More >

Power and the People: The U.S. Census and Who Counts

Exhibit - Artifacts | September 16, 2019 – March 1, 2020 every day | Doe Library, Bernice Layne Brown Gallery


Since 1790, the U.S. Census has impacted many aspects of our lives. It determines congressional apportionment, decides which communities receive a slice of $500,000,000,000 in federal funds, and provides information essential to policy making. Census questions also reflect the beliefs, concerns and prejudices of their time, starting with the first census which mandated that enslaved people be...   More >

Power to the People

You Are On Indian Land: There There (On the Same Page 2019): An Exhibit of Library Collections relating to the Native American community of Oakland

Exhibit - Multimedia | August 26, 2019 – January 31, 2020 every day | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 3rd floor


Tommy Orange's debut novel, There There, is this year's On the Same Page program reading. The entire campus community is encouraged to read the book and participate in classes and events this Fall.

“Orange’s debut is an ambitious meditation on identity and its broken alternatives, on myth filtered through the lens of time and poverty and urban life. Its many short chapters are told through a...   More >

 Show UCB ID to enter Moffitt Library

Pleasure, Poison, Prescription, Prayer: The Worlds of Mind-Altering Substances

Exhibit - Artifacts | March 15 – December 15, 2019 every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. |  Hearst Museum of Anthropology

 Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

If you sip a cup of coffee, are you on drugs? If you try psychedelics, are you committing a crime? If you have a sweet tooth, are you a sugar addict?

Since the beginning of human existence, peoples of the world have altered their minds with countless plant-based substances. They have done so for many reasons, ranging from pleasure to health to ceremony, with effects both harmful and benign,...   More >

Guided Tours: Strange

Exhibit - Multimedia | September 4 – November 27, 2019 every Wednesday | 12:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Explore the spirit of Surrealism with a guided tour of Strange, which features a diverse array of works from the BAMPFA collection invoking the improbable, uncanny, mysterious, and miraculous.