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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Garden Closed

Special Event | January 21 – December 15, 2020 the third 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 >

Spring 2020 Special Seminar: Engineering Genetic Circuits and Cell Fates: from Totipotency to Pluripotency to the Placenta

Seminar | January 21 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Jian Shu, Eric Lander Laboratory/Rudolf Jaenisch Laboratory Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Reconstructing the circuits that control how cells detect environmental triggers and adopt specific fates and engineering these circuits to reprogram cellular functions are major challenges in biology. I will focus on two interconnected fundamental questions: 1) how to engineer cell fates and 2) how to measure the dynamic and complex biological ecosystems and understand the principles of...   More >

Expanding the Chemical Toolbox for Acoustic-based Imaging

Seminar | January 21 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Jefferson Chan, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 College of Chemistry

Many disease states are characterized by molecular level changes that occur before detectable symptoms have begun to manifest. In order to maximize treatment outcomes it is essential to accurately detect such alterations at an early stage. Chemical probes designed to selectively image such molecular processes have the potential to not only aid in disease diagnosis but can also provide unique...   More >

Certificate Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Online Information Session

Information Session | January 21 | 12-12:30 p.m. |  Online

 UC Berkeley Extension

Learn how UC Berkeley Extension’s professional certificate can prepare you for diverse job opportunities—in teaching, business, publishing, travel and more—both in the United States and around the world.

  Register online

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.

Impeachment:: From the Founders to the Present

Panel Discussion | January 21 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 105 The Law Building

 Public Law & Policy Program at Berkeley Law

Panel on the impeachment process, at Berkeley Law.

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

Information Session | January 21 | 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.

Seminar 237, Macroeconomics: No Meeting Job Market Seminar

Seminar | January 21 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall | Canceled

 Department of Economics

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program Info Session

Information Session | January 21 | 3-4 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Stefanie Ebeling, Program Manager/Student Advisor, Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program, Office of Undergraduate Research

 Office of Undergraduate Research

The Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to work with UC Berkeley professors on faculty research projects.

Harmonic Analysis and Differential Equations Student Seminar: On the Cauchy problem for degenerate dispersive equations

Seminar | January 21 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Sung-Jin Oh, Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In plasma physics or fluid dynamics, one sometimes encounters a degenerate dispersive equation, i.e., a nonlinear dispersive equation whose dispersion relation is degenerate (i.e., vanishes at some points). A satisfactory understanding of the Cauchy problem for such equations is still missing, largely due to the appearance of challenging (and interesting!) phenomena from degenerate dispersion,...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Enumerating pencils with moving ramification on curves

Seminar | January 21 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Carl Lian, Columbia university

 Department of Mathematics

We consider the general problem of enumerating branched covers of the projective line from a fixed general curve subject to ramification conditions at possibly moving points. Our main computations are in genus 1; the theory of limit linear series allows one to reduce to this case. We first obtain a simple formula for a weighted count of pencils on a fixed elliptic curve E, where base-points are...   More >

Getting Started in Undergraduate Research and Finding a Mentor Workshop

Workshop | January 21 | 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.

Thematic Seminar: Diffeomorphisms of disks

Seminar | January 21 | 4:10-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Alexander Kupers, Harvard

 Department of Mathematics

Disks are among the simplest manifolds but their groups of diffeomorphisms can be very complicated. I will describe the geometric techniques that were used to understand these groups in low dimensions, their relationship to stable homotopy theory and number theory in high dimensions, and recent breakthroughs in understanding their rational homotopy type. This talk will be aimed at a broad...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Singularities of generic projection hypersurfaces

Seminar | January 21 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Takumi Murayama, Princeton University

 Department of Mathematics

Classically, it is known that every algebraic variety over an algebraically closed field is birational to a hypersurface in some projective space. Using generic linear projections, one can show that this hypersurface can be taken to have at worst nodal singularities in dimension one, or at worst ordinary singularities in dimension two. We present generalizations of these results to arbitrary...   More >

Visa Info-Session

Information Session | January 21 | 6-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come and meet Visa representatives! Food will be provided.

Exhibits and Ongoing Events

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

Photographs by Ken Light: American Stories

Exhibit - Photography | January 13 – May 15, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

In an exhibition of selected works from the past five decades, documentary photographer Ken Light probes social and political issues in America.

 Viewing hours are Monday-Friday during the academic year. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events. Please call (510) 643-9670 or email townsendcenter@berkeley.edu for viewing times.

Object Lessons: The Egyptian Collections of the University of California, Berkeley

Exhibit - Artifacts | November 11, 2019 – May 22, 2020 every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday with exceptions | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Bancroft Library, Gallery and Corridor

 Friends of The Bancroft Library, Bancroft Library, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Object Lessons brings together ancient and modern Egyptian artifacts from the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in an exhibition in The Bancroft Library Gallery and Corridor. In the gallery, we invite you to explore how items from everyday life were created and discarded, excavated and conserved, from antiquity to the present day. The corridor...   More >