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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Application of Machine Learning Techniques to Aviation Operations: NASA Case Studies

Lecture | February 26 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Banavar Sridhar, University Space Research Association (USRA) at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

 Institute of Transportation Studies

Abstract: There is an increasing interest in applying methods based on Machine Learning Techniques (MLT) to problems in aviation operations. The current interest is based on developments in Cloud Computing, the availability of open software and the success of MLT in automation, consumer behavior and finance involving large database. Historically aviation operations have been analyzed using...   More >

NASA Berkeley Aviation Data Science Seminar

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

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

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

Ancient Hunter-Gatherer Sea-Faring Explorers of Cyprus: Traversing Land and Sea during the Epipalaeolithic

Lecture | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Lisa Maher, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley

 Archaeological Research Facility

The Mediterranean island of Cyprus was once thought to be peripheral to regional cultural developments during prehistory. It is now at the forefront of research on Late Epipalaeolithic hunter-gatherer and Early Neolithic movements and colonization, as well as their associated technological innovations and impacts on shaping newly settled landscapes.

Townsend Center Book Chat with Beth Piatote: The Beadworkers: Stories

Lecture | February 26 | 12-1 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Geballe Room, 220 Stephens

 Townsend Center for the Humanities

Beth Piatote’s debut short story collection is a reflection on modern Native American life.

Et tu: Truth-telling Between Women

Lecture | February 26 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Jennifer Doyle, Professor, Department of English, UC Riverside

 Department of Gender and Women's Studies

In this talk, centered on truth-telling between women in Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels, I take up alethurgy's shadows — those zones marked by the systems which reproduce power and authority as hidden, inexpressible and forgotten.

UC Berkeley Geosystems Group Wednesday Lecture Series: Investigation in Progress: Centennial Bridge

Lecture | February 26 | 12:10-1 p.m. | Davis Hall, 406 Davis Hall

 Wayne Magnusen, A3GEO

 UC Berkeley Geoengineering Society

Centennial Drive passes over Lawrence Road at a skew angle on a bridge flanked by two massive approach fills. Centennial Bridge began to exhibit signs of significant distress shortly after it was built (c. 1963) prompting a series of remedial measures intended to save the bridge and prevent collapse. During the winter of 1982-1983, one of the heaviest rainfall seasons on record, the eastern...   More >

The Radical Inductiveness of Machine Learning

Lecture | February 26 | 3-4 p.m. | 190B Doe Library

 Laura K. Nelson, Northeastern University

 Berkeley Institute for Data Science

Full details available on the BIDS website:

Shining Path and the Emergence of the Human Rights Community in Peru, 1980-2003

Lecture | February 26 | 4 p.m. |  2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies)

 Center for Latin American Studies

The brutal guerrilla war initiated by the Shining Path and the Peruvian government's fierce response led to illegal mass detentions, disappearances, and massacres. Human rights groups emerged quickly to investigate, publicize, and adjudicate. This presentation examines the challenges they faced, both in the difficulty of tracking events in rural areas of the Andean highlands and the necessity of...   More >

CEE Leadership Seminar Series - Leadership in Civil/Structural Engineering Careers

Lecture | February 26 | 4-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Jim Malley, Degenkolb Engineers

 Computers & Structures, Inc.

Where can your CEE take you? Hear from alumnus Jim Malley as he reflects on pivotal moments in his career and best practices for new graduates!

Careers in Civil/Structural Engineering offer many opportunities for leadership roles. They can range from very individual/personal leadership in the form of mentoring of younger engineers, to company-wide roles such as Project Manager, Principal,...   More >

 Priority will be given to CEE MS students, but all are welcome based on space availability.

  RSVP online

Jim Malley, Senior Principal and Group Director at Degenkolb Engineers

Professor Hazel Carby, African American Studies at Yale University

Lecture | February 26 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Doe Library, Morrison Library

 Hazel Carby, Professor, African American Studies, Yale University

 Media Studies Program

The Media Studies Program presents:

The lecture is drawn from a section of Imperial Intimacies: A Tale of Two Islands, a history of the British Empire told through one woman’s search through her family’s story. The book is an intimate personal history and a sweeping summation of the violent entanglement of two islands charting the imperial interweaving of capital and bodies, public language...   More >

The Ancient Middle East in Nineteenth-Century Popular Culture: The Creation of Moral Geographies through World’s Fairs, Operas, Design, and Mummy Stories

Lecture | February 26 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Kevin McGeough, University of Lethbridge

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Archaeological Research Facility, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

The emergence of European and North American archaeological explorations of the Middle East was coincident with an explosion of new Victorian media forms. The ancient Middle East was represented in many of these media forms - in periodicals, novels, panoramas, theatres, expositions, and even the rituals of secret societies. Thinking about the Middle East inspired authors like H. Rider Haggard and...   More >

The Global Trump: Structural US Populism and Economic Conflicts with Europe and Asia

Lecture | February 26 | 5-6 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Paul Welfens, University of Wuppertal

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Economics

Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election was largely based on the rise of economic inequality in the United States and his populist message: This populism is likely to become a structural long run problem for the US. In 2018, Trump’s Council of Economic Advisors published a study in which the US was shown to have an economic lead vis-à-vis European countries of about 20%, but the...   More >

LAEP Lecture Series: Thomas Rainer

Lecture | February 26 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Wed, Feb 26, 6:30pm - Thomas Rainer is a landscape architect, teacher, and author living in Washington, D.C. Thomas is a leading voice in ecological landscape design and has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Mem

Psychoanalysis and the Invention of “Racism” - A talk with Christopher Chamberlin and Fernando Cadtrillon

Lecture | February 26 | 7-9 p.m. |  California Institute of Integral Studies (Lobby)

 Community Mental Health, Foundation of California Psychoanalysis

This talk explores how denunciations of the madness of racism shaped an understanding of white supremacy and the “afterlife of slavery,” and critiques how Freudian social theorists in the interwar United States later attempted to consolidate racism into a scientific object of investigation.

Christopher Chamberlin is the President’s Postdoctoral Fellow
in English at UC Berkeley. He received...   More >