<< Week of November 09 >>

Sunday, November 5, 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.

Cal Rotaract's End Polio Now 5K

Special Event | November 5 | UC Berkeley Campus, Starting Location: Campanile Esplanade

 Cal Rotaract (UC Berkeley RSO)

On Sunday, November 5th, Cal Rotaract will be hosting its annual End Polio Now 5K Walk/Run!

All the proceeds from this event will be pooled with Cal Rotaract's End Polio Now GoFundMe campaign donations, which will then be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and then donated to Rotary International's Polio Plus Foundation. The money we raise from this campaign will go directly...   More >

New Member Welcome Wagon

Meeting | November 5 | 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden, Julia Morgan Hall

 Eric Siegel, UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

 Botanical Garden

We’re rolling out the Welcome Wagon to greet all our newest members and everyone that has joined the Garden over the past year. Come learn about the UC Botanical Garden's history, collection and more! It's the best way to become acquainted with the Garden while meeting fellow new members!

Free for Current Members

  Registration opens October 1. Register online or by calling 510-664-4509 by November 3.

BJCL Bluebooking Workshop

Workshop | November 5 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. |  The Law Building

 Rebecca Friedman

 Berkeley Law

An open meeting where members complete their bluebooking assignments and can ask questions of 2Ls and 3Ls.

UC Gill Tract Community Farm Open Hours

Tour/Open House | November 5 – December 10, 2017 every Sunday | 12-5 p.m. |  UC Gill Tract

  San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

 Campus Gardens

The UC Gill Tract Community Farm is open to the public every Sunday-Thursday. Everyone is welcome! Please enter through the gate on Jackson St or the gate at San Pablo and Marin, during open hours.

NaNoWriMo 2017 at UC Berkeley: Come Write In Sessions

Meeting | November 5 | 1-4 p.m. | Doe Library, Room 180 Doe Library

 Shannon Monroe, Head of Interlibrary Lending & Photoduplication, Interlibrary Services


Have you ever thought about writing a novel, but just didn’t think you had the time? You’re not alone. Working on an academic writing project and need help with productivity? Join us for NaNoWriMo 2017 at UC Berkeley, and write with fellow participants, students and colleagues in a supportive setting at Doe Library during National Novel Writing Month!

Volleyball vs. Oregon State

Sport - Intercollegiate - Volleyball | November 5 | 1 p.m. |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Volleyball hosts Oregon State in conference action at Haas Pavilion.

Men's Soccer vs. UCLA

Sport - Intercollegiate - Soccer | November 5 | 1 p.m. |  Edwards Track Stadium

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Soccer hosts UCLA in conference action at Edwards Stadium.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – December 30, 2018 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Searching for Dark Matter Particles in a Gold Mine

Presentation | November 5 | 2-4 p.m. | Berkeley Public Library, Central Library, 3rd Floor Community Room

 2090 Kittredge St., Berkeley, CA 94704

 Dan Mckinsey, Department of Physics


The Berkeley Public Library in conjunction with the Bay Area Science Festival and the global celebration of Dark Matter Day presents Dan McKinsey, UC Physicist and the Georgia Lee Distinguished Professor of Physics. Professor McKinsey will present a lively talk with slides on the 'search for the unseen', an amazing experiment taking place miles underground and addressing the elusive phenomenon of...   More >

LUX-ZEPLIN dark matter experiment

Battleship Potemkin

Film - Feature | November 5 | 2-3:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Sergei Eisenstein’s classic on revolution and rebellion, told almost entirely through riveting images, can be appreciated for “not only the perfection of its form, but the humanitarianism and enthusiasm that impregnated its revolutionary subject” (Georges Sadoul).

Black Cedar

Performing Arts - Music | November 5 | 3-5 p.m. |  McEnerney Hall (1750 Arch St.)

 Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)

Kris Palmer, flute
Steve Lin, guitar
Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello

This Event is Free and Open to the Public

Mariinsky Orchestra: Valery Gergiev, conductor; Denis Matsuev, piano

Performing Arts - Music | November 5 | 3 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Valery Gergiev, conductor; Denis Matsuev, piano, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

"Few orchestras can match the Mariinsky’s authority, blend, and fullness of sound when it is playing the music of its countrymen. Directed by Valery Gergiev, ""a born Prokofiev interpreter"" (The Guardian, London), the Mariinsky plays complex works by two 20th-century giants who lived in the shadow of Stalin's regime: the Soviet government disapproved of both Prokofiev's emotionally expansive...   More >

$40 - 125

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The Mariinsky Orchestra Saturday–Sunday, November 4–5, 2017 in Zellerbach Hall.

Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands

Film - Documentary | November 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Shot primarily from a helicopter, Petropolis offers an unparalleled view of the scope—and environmental impact—of the mining of Canada’s tar sands, the world’s largest industrial, capital, and energy project. With Jed Mettler’s Balifilm.

Irma Vep

Film - Feature | November 5 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Maggie Cheung plays “herself” as an actress suffering through ego battles and other disasters on a French indie film shoot. With short Man Yuk: A Portrait of Maggie Cheung.

Anthony de Mare, piano: Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano

Performing Arts - Music | November 5 | 7-9 p.m. |  Hertz Concert Hall

 Anthony de Mare, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

The songs of Stephen Sondheim receive bold new interpretations as intimate instrumentals in Anthony de Mare’s acclaimed Liaisons project. The pianist and new music champion has commissioned three dozen composers to each re-imagine a favorite Sondheim song as a solo piano work, and the result is a set of compositions that use the original themes as springboards for invention, and showcase de...   More >


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Anthony de Mare performs on November 5 in Hertz Hall

Live Simulcast: Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations

Performing Arts - Music | November 5 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Come on out for a live simulcast of the final performance of Berkeley Rep’s hit musical, Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations! If you missed the sold-out run (the show is the highest-grossing in the theater's 50-year history) or simply want to experience it again, bring a lawn chair, a blanket, and perhaps a rain poncho and join us on Addison Street to watch the show live on...   More >

Monday, November 6, 2017

Men's Basketball vs. Great Falls - Exhibition

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | November 6 |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Basketball hosts Great Falls - Exhibition at Haas Pavilion.

Men's Basketball vs. Great Falls - Exhibition

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | November 6 |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Men's Basketball hosts Great Falls - Exhibition at Haas Pavilion.

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.

Food, Agriculture and Human Impacts on the Environment: Japan, Asia and Beyond

Conference/Symposium | November 6 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Archaeological Research Facility, Berkeley Food Institute, Department of Anthropology, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

The goal of this workshop is to link local and regional case studies of food, agriculture, and human-environmental interaction with the broader discussion of global environmental issues and long-term sustainability. Special emphasis is on case studies from Japan, East Asia and the North Pacific Rim.

2017 Resources Roundtable: Feeding The World at 9 Billion

Conference/Symposium | November 6 | 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative

The Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative is pleased to present the 2017 Resources Roundtable:
Feeding The World at 9 Billion: Global Challenges for Food Production in a Compromised Environment
The triple threat of climate change, soil degradation, and water shortage are increasingly pressuring our food systems. Meanwhile, human population continues to grow exponentially in some of the...   More >

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Dalí's Origins: Drawings and Paintings from the Cusí Collection

Lecture | November 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 5125 Dwinelle Hall

 Jordi Falgàs, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí

 Institute of European Studies, Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Joaquim Cusí was a friend of Salvador Dalí’s father and he became an enthusiastic supporter of the young artist. Mr. Cusí was a successful pharmacist with no training in art, and yet he was the first one to purchase numerous paintings and drawings from Dalí’s earliest exhibitions. The works acquired by Mr. Cusí were not seen again on display during his lifetime, and scholars were never allowed to...   More >

​Graduate Student Seminar

Seminar | November 6 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Mehmet N Agaoglu

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Title: Miniature eye movements are tuned but not optimal for fine discrimination at the fovea

Abstract: Human eyes are never stable, even during attempts of maintaining gaze on a visual target. Considering transient response characteristics of retinal ganglion cells, a certain amount of motion of the eyes is required to efficiently encode information and to prevent neural adaptation. However,...   More >

New Research in Oral History: Shanna Farrell: Bay Area Cocktails: An Oral History of Culture, Community and Craft

Lecture | November 6 | 12-1:15 p.m. | Bancroft Library, 267 -- Oral History Center Conference Room

 Shanna Farrell, Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley

 Oral History Center

An American invention, the cocktail fluctuated in popularity following Prohibition and had firmly taken root in the culinary landscape by the 1990s. The Bay Area played a significant role in reviving it—as much as New York and London. From the distillers who pioneered craft spirits and Alice Waters’ revolutionary take on simple, fresh food at Chez Panisse to the bartenders who cared enough to...   More >

Seismic Isolation of Sensitive Equipment: Semm Seminar

Seminar | November 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Amarnath Kasalanati, Associate Director, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Seismic isolation has been used effectively over the past three decades to protect contents of structures. This presentation discusses seismic isolation of equipment using a multi-directional spring, which provides much better damping and self-centering capability.

Combinatorics Seminar: Schubert polynomials and slide polynomials

Seminar | November 6 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Dominic Searles, University of Southern California

 Department of Mathematics

We introduce a new basis for the polynomial ring called the slide polynomials, which contains Gessel's fundamental basis of quasisymmetric polynomials. One aim is to better understand the geometrically-important basis of Schubert polynomials, whose structure constants count intersection points of triples of Schubert subvarieties of the complete flag variety. Schubert polynomials expand positively...   More >

Longitudinal Dynamic Models for Examining the Development of Fluid Reasoning

Colloquium | November 6 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 3105 Tolman Hall

 Emilio Ferrer, Department of Psychology, UC Davis

 Department of Psychology

In this presentation I discuss structural equation modeling as a framework for examining developmental processes. First, I present some principles of longitudinal research that underlie both study designs and statistical models for longitudinal data. I then describe models that focus on mechanisms of within-person change, and demonstrate their use for examining developmental processes. I...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Student/Post Doc Seminar

Seminar | November 6 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall

 Steven Ahrendt, PMB; Zach Barth, 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).

Political Economy Seminar/PERL

Seminar | November 6 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 David Schonholzer, 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.

String-Math Seminar: Knots quivers correspondence

Seminar | November 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Poitr Sulkowski, U. OF WARSAW, CALTECH

 Department of Mathematics

I will present a surprising relation between knot invariants and quiver representation theory, motivated by various string theory constructions involving BPS states. Consequences of this relation include the proof of the famous Labastida-Marino-Ooguri-Vafa conjecture (at least for symmetric representations), explicit (and unknown before) formulas for colored HOMFLY polynomials for various knots,...   More >

Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: The Legendrian topology of surface triangulations

Seminar | November 6 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 384H

 Roger Casals, MIT and UCL

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will introduce a class of Legendrian wavefronts associated to surface triangulations. First, I will explain the interplay between the Legendrian isotopy type and the combinatorics of the triangulation. In particular, we will be connecting symplectic geometry and graph theory. Then I will discuss the Floer theory of these wavefronts and provide a description of their dg-algebras....   More >

How to Write a Research Proposal Workshop

Information Session | November 6 | 3-4:30 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 >

Modern Estimation of Information Theoretic Functionals

Seminar | November 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

 Jiantao Jiao

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Modern inferential tasks—ranging from graphical model learning to image registration to inference of gene regulatory networks—frequently involve estimation of information theoretic functionals such as entropy, mutual information, Kullback–Leibler divergence, and total variation distance. This talk will focus on recent progress in our understanding of the performance, structure, and deployment of...   More >

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Regularity of polynomials in free variables ( after Charlesworth and Shlyakhtenko)

Seminar | November 6 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Brent Nelson, NSF Postodoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will present the recent paper of Charlesworth and Shlyakhtenko in which it is shown that if an $n$-tuple of operators has free entropy dimension $n$, then every selfadjoint polynomial in these operators has an atomless spectral measure.

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Heights in families of abelian varieties and the Geometric Bogomolov Conjecture

Seminar | November 6 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ziyang Gao, Princeton University/CNRS

 Department of Mathematics

Given an abelian scheme over a smooth curve over a number field, we can associate two height functions: the fiberwise defined Neron-Tate height and a height function on the base curve. For any irreducible subvariety X of this abelian scheme, we prove that the Neron-Tate height of any point in an explicit Zariski open subset of X can be uniformly bounded from below by the height of its projection...   More >

Bob Oliver — Fishy Predictions or Fish Stew

Seminar | November 6 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Bob Oliver, UC Berkeley IEOR

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Because of current federal laws on endangered fish species, water exports to California Aqueducts in San Joaquin Valley and Southern California are restricted by a combination of low Delta Smelt counts and densities in the Bay Delta and judgments by experts. This seminar suggests some ways in which Bayes’ Factors and combinations of forests of Information Odds Scores can help us improve our...   More >

Design Field Notes: M. Paz Gutierrez

Seminar | November 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Architect, researcher, and Berkeley faculty member M. Paz Gutierrez will speak as part of Design Field Notes, a pop-up series that brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices.

Analyzing RNA polymerase II with genomics approaches: an old dog with new tricks?

Seminar | November 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Julia Zeitlinger, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

 College of Chemistry

What kinds of models are most powerful for supporting science learning?: Models that integrate mechanism

Colloquium | November 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Christian Schunn, University of Pittsburgh

 Graduate School of Education

In science, models often serve as the bridge between empirical and theoretical, what was found and what is thought to be. Mathematical and computational transformations often play a central, but perhaps partially hidden, role in this bridge. These mathematical transformations can be approached in very transactional terms, necessary evils of little theoretical value to conceptual reasoning. Or the...   More >

When Conflicting Racisms Converge: Race, Nation and Segregation: Lecture with Rebecca Herman

Lecture | November 6 | 4 p.m. | 2334 Bowditch (Center for Latin American Studies), Conference Room

 Rebecca Herman

 Center for Latin American Studies

During World War II, workers from across Latin America and the Caribbean traveled to the Panama Canal to work on defense construction projects for the U.St. When they arrived, they encountered a binary system of segregation. that did not accord with their racial constructs and identities. This talk will consider how race, nation and segregation divided Allies engaged in a purported war for democracy.

The Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal in 1936. (Photo by E.O. Goldbeck/Library of Congress.)

Seminar 271, Development: "Jobs for Sale: Corruption and Misallocation in Hiring"

Seminar | November 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jeff Weaver, USC/UCSD

 Department of Economics

Python FUN!damentals: Part 1

Workshop | November 6 | 4-7 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Chris Gagne, D-Lab


This four-part, interactive workshop series is your complete introduction to programming Python for people with little or no previous programming experience. By the end of the series, you will be able to apply your knowledge of basic principles of programming and data manipulation to a real-world social science application.

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Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Automatic transversality and contact homology with applications to dynamics

Seminar | November 6 | 4-5 p.m. | Stanford University, Room 383N

 Jo Nelson, Columbia

 Department of Mathematics

We discuss regularity results for the cylindrical contact homology of 3-dimensional prequantization bundles and explain how they are compatible with Morse-Bott computational methods. We will also explore applications to quantitative questions in dynamics, such as the refined Conley Conjecture, as previously anticipated by Ginzburg-Gürel-Macarini.

The Power of Writing with Abandon: a Talk by Grant Faulkner

Lecture | November 6 | 5-7 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Grant Faulkner, Executive Director, National Novel Writing Month

 Department of English

Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month, will discuss his new book, Pep Talks for Writers, and how writers must dive in, banish their inner editors, and take creative risks by writing with abandon. Come ready to write with abandon!

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

LAEP Lecture: Ferdinand Ludwig

Lecture | November 6 | 5:30-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Monday, Nov 6, 6:00PM, Wurster Auditorium

SLAM: Grow Your Own Scientists: Research with Undergraduates

Seminar | November 6 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Professor Miriam Bowring, Reed College

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

A Panel on Keeping the Arts Alive at the Berkeley Forum

Seminar | November 6 | 6-8 p.m. | 219 Dwinelle Hall

 The Berkeley Forum

Fine arts organizations across multiple genres and styles are experiencing dwindling audience numbers. As it currently stands, many organizations are reliant on older populations as their primary patrons. This event will bring together artists from multiple fields to discuss how they see their fields innovating in this changing world as well as what is necessary to keep the arts alive for future...   More >

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Dissertation Talk: Alternate Representations for Scalable Analysis and Control of Heterogeneous Time Series

Presentation | November 6 | 6-8 p.m. | 405 Soda Hall

 Francois Belletti, UC Berkeley

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

A plethora of algorithms and theories developed in the field of Machine Learning enable better identification of system dynamics and extensive control of the corresponding systems. However, the vast majority of research focuses on problems dealing with homogenous observation data sets or control environment.

Such a setting is not representative of the actual way data sets are collected and the...   More >

We must conjure our Gods before we obey them: Arts + Design Mondays at BAMPFA

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

 Michael Rock, Designer, 2x4, New York

 Arts + Design

Design has become so elastic it is applied universally from chromosomes to climate change. We design spoons and tables and rooms and houses and computer programs and cities and power grids and national identities and international treaties and defense systems and, when all else fails, military campaigns. If design is anything that is planned and brought to fruition by human ingenuity, we’ve...   More >

We Must Conjure Our Gods Before We Obey Them

Lecture | November 6 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  BAMPFA

 Michael Rock, 2x4 Inc.

 Department of Architecture

Michael Rock, acclaimed designer, educator, and author talks about the pervasive influence of design in contemporary life. He is a founding partner and creative director 2x4 Inc., a multi-disciplinary design studio in New York City, and Director of the Graphic Architecture Project at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Chasing the Shadows of the Past in Late Ottoman Argos

Lecture | November 6 | 8-9 p.m. |  Alumni House

 Jonathan M. Hall, University of Chicago

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

If there is one sentiment that is common to nearly all the accounts written by European travelers to the Peloponnesian town of Argos during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, it is one of profound disappointment and shock at the lack of visible remains of a city whose fame had been so lauded in antiquity. Inevitably, perhaps, imagination filled the void that autopsy was unable to...   More >

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Garden Closed

Holiday | November 4, 2014 – December 5, 2017 the first Tuesday of the month every month |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

The garden is closed the first Tuesday of every month.

-Why is the Garden Closed one day a month?
For the safety of the public and the safety of the collection, the Garden’s Horticultural staff need one day 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 from somewhere...   More >

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.

Food, Agriculture and Human Impacts on the Environment: Japan, Asia and Beyond

Conference/Symposium | November 7 | 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Archaeological Research Facility, Berkeley Food Institute, Department of Anthropology, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

The goal of this workshop is to link local and regional case studies of food, agriculture, and human-environmental interaction with the broader discussion of global environmental issues and long-term sustainability. Special emphasis is on case studies from Japan, East Asia and the North Pacific Rim.

Drop-in Pre-Health Advising

Miscellaneous | August 29 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 3060 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Marie Dutton, Pre-Health Advisor

 Career Center

Meet with a Pre-Health Advisor on a first-come, first-served basis. For students exploring, preparing for, and/or applying to medical school and other health professional graduate programs.

 Open to currently enrolled students and Alumni Advantage members.

Science and Literacy Playgroup

Meeting | October 31, 2017 – May 15, 2018 every Tuesday with exceptions | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA)

 1255 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94702

 Chancellor's Community Grant, Trybe Inc.

Have fun and meet other families in West and South Berkeley.
For Children ages 05 and their caregivers.
Free, drop-in, snacks, circle time, arts and crafts and science activities.

Dark Matter as Art - Film Screening and Artist/Scientist Panel

Film - Short | November 7 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

 Melissa Walter, Artist, NASA and Melissa Walter Art; Chris Fessenden, Director, The Artist Odyssey; Karl van Bibber, Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering, UC Berkeley

 Nuclear Engineering (NE)

In celebration of Dark Matter Day, the Department of Nuclear Engineering presents The Artist Odyssey, and Director Chris Fessenden's film "New Stellar Order," a documentary about science artist and illustrator Melissa Walter.

Following the film screening, Direct Chris Fessenden, artist Melissa Walter, and Dark Matter Scientists Karl van Bibber, Ph.D., Samantha Lewis, Maria Simanovskaia, and...   More >


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BASF Seminar in Chemical Sciences: Cysteine Arylation to Engineer Peptides and Proteins

Seminar | November 7 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Bradley Pentelute, Department of Chemistry, MIT

 College of Chemistry

Here we report a robust bioconjugation method using cysteine arylation. This chemistry enables site-specific conjugation at cysteine residues within peptides, proteins, and antibodies. Our two developed approaches use either perfluoroaryl-cysteine SNAr chemistry or organometallic palladium reagents. This work lead to the discovery of a self-labeling four-residue sequence that enables...   More >

Seminar 217, Risk Management: Rough Heston model: Pricing, hedging and microstructural foundations

Seminar | November 7 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | 639 Evans Hall

 Speaker: Mathieu Rosenbaum, École Polytechnique

 Center for Risk Management Research

It has been recently shown that rough volatility models, where the volatility is driven by a fractional  Brownian motion with small Hurst parameter, provide very relevant dynamics in order to reproduce the  behavior of both historical and implied volatilities. However, due to the non-Markovian nature of the fractional Brownian motion, they raise new issues when it comes to the risk management of...   More >

Zotero for Citation Management

Workshop | November 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Jennifer Dorner, The Library; David Eifler, The Library


Citation management software can help organize research results and make writing papers easier by quickly creating properly formatted bibliographies and footnotes.

Learn how to use this easy citation manager for Firefox, Safari and Chrome. The workshop will cover importing citations, exporting bibliographies, sharing resources for working groups, and using a wide variety of citation styles.

 A Cal ID is required to enter Moffitt Library.

Development Lunch: "Monitoring Employees: A Principal-Agent Approach to Driving Behavior and Productivity in Kenyas Informal Public Transport Industry"

Seminar | November 7 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Erin Kelley

 Department of Economics

Student seminar series for development economics student in Econ and ARE.

The logistical origins of violence in Central Africa: roadblock economies in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic

Colloquium | November 7 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Peer Schouten, Postdoctoral Fellow, DIIS and UCB Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley Department of Geography

 Center for African Studies

Schouten is a postdoctoral fellow at the Danish Institute for International Studies, associate researcher at the International Peace Information Service (Belgium) and editor-in-chief at Theory Talks. He researches the political economy of conflict in Central Africa in the broadest sense, as well as the politics of infrastructure and the historical sociology of state formation. He has worked in...   More >

Drop-in Pre-Health Advising

Miscellaneous | August 29 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 1-3 p.m. | 3060 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Caitlin Green, Pre-Health Advisor

 Career Center

Meet with a Pre-Health Advisor on a first-come, first-served basis. For students exploring, preparing for, and/or applying to medical school and other health professional graduate programs.

 Open to currently enrolled students and Alumni Advantage members.

Study Abroad Office Hours at Educational Opportunity Program

Meeting | October 17 – December 12, 2017 every Tuesday | 1-3 p.m. | 119 César E. Chávez Student Center

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Are you an EOP student interested in studying abroad? A Berkeley Study Abroad Peer Adviser will be holding drop-in office hours at EOP every Wednesdays 1-3pm this semester. Come learn about different programs offered, study abroad scholarships, how to apply and additional services available.

Introduction to Remote Sensing in QGIS

Workshop | November 7 | 1-3 p.m. | 55A McCone Hall

 Nancy Thomas, Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF)


This workshop introduces the basic principles of digital satellite and aerial imagery and is appropriate for attendees who have some understanding of geospatial data fundamentals but have little or no experience in remote sensing. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on activities, we will explore the components and characteristics of digital imagery. Participants will learn how to find and...   More >

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Seminar 208, Microeconomic theory (joint with Psychology and Economics seminar)

Seminar | November 7 | 2-3:30 p.m. |  Evans Hall

 Anujit Chakraborty, UC Davis

 Department of Economics

Note special time and place

Composition Colloquium: Robert DicK

Colloquium | November 7 | 2 p.m. |  Hargrove Music Library

 Department of Music

3-4:30, Morrison 125 (unless otherwise noted)

Free and open to the public

Anthony Cheung (b. 1982, San Francisco) is a composer and pianist. His output ranges from solo to orchestral works, occasionally with electronics. His music has been commissioned by leading groups such as the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio...   More >

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: Present Bias

Seminar | November 7 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Anujit Chakraborty, UC Davis

 Department of Economics

Joint with Theory seminar

Mirror Symmetry and Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Monomial admissibility and monodromy

Seminar | November 7 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Andrew Hanlon, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We will discuss a new interpretation of the Fukaya-Seidel category mirror to a compact toric variety and several applications of the construction. In particular, we will see how a natural monodromy of these categories is mirror to tensoring by a line bundle.

3-Manifold Seminar: Schwarzian derivatives, projective structures, and the Weil-Petersson gradient flow for renormalized volume

Seminar | November 7 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Franco Vargas, UCB

 Department of Mathematics

Continuation from last week

Near East Studies Department - Study Abroad and FLAS Information Session

Information Session | November 7 | 3-4 p.m. | 254 Barrows Hall

 Berkeley Study Abroad

NES Students! Come learn about Study Abroad as well as the Foreign Language and Area Scholarship (FLAS). Speakers include Rania Shah, NES Adviser; Michelle Ayazi, Berkeley Study Abroad Adviser; and Gina Farales Blanco FLAS Administrator.

i4Y Child Marriage and Youth Empowerment Group: Speaker Series

Seminar | November 7 | 3-4 p.m. | 440 University Hall

 Anoop Jain, DrPH Student, Child Marriage & Female Adolescent Health in Bihar, India

 i4Y - Innovations for Youth

The Innovations for Youth (i4Y) Child Marriage and Youth Empowerment Working Group has begun a speaker series to explore challenging questions related to child marriage and youth empowerment. The series will feature UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and graduate students' work in diverse contexts worldwide.
Presentations will begin in late October and run through early Spring 2018. Both events will...   More >

C. H. Li Memorial Lecture: YAP/TAZ in stem cells and cancer

Seminar | November 7 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Stefano Piccolo, University of Padova

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

C. H. Li Memorial Lectures

Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Stokes' theorem and construction of an invariant measure on an $L^2$ ball

Seminar | November 7 | 3:40-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Justin Brereton, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

An invariant measure is useful in proving almost sure well-posedness of a PDE on a compact set. Thomann and Tzvetkov constructed an invariant measure for the derivative nonlinear Schrodinger (DNLS) equation on the torus. In this talk we construct a DNLS-invariant measure on the set of functions with $L^2(T)$ norm equal to a fixed value $m$, by an argument that is similar to Stokes' theorem, but...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Lower Bounds for Betti Numbers

Seminar | November 7 | 3:45-4:45 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Adam Boocher, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Rank Conjecture of Buchsbaum-Eisenbud and Horrocks says roughly that the Koszul complex is the "smallest" possible resolution. In this talk, I'll discuss this conjecture and several stronger and weaker incarnations of it. After surveying what is known, I'll describe some recent work with Jimmy Seiner for monomial ideals.

Writing the History of Archaic Greece: Pheidon and Telesilla

Seminar | November 7 | 4-6 p.m. | 7205 Dwinelle Hall

 Jonathan M. Hall, University of Chicago

 Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, Graduate Group in

Giving infrared spectroscopy a boost: New methods for studying interfaces, chirality, vibrational coupling across the spectrum, and proton transfer reactions

Seminar | November 7 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Poul Petersen, Department of Chemistry & Biology, Cornell University

 College of Chemistry

Mid-infrared (IR) spectroscopy directly interrogates the chemical bonds molecules are composed of through their vibrational frequencies and thus offers a direct and local probe of molecular structure and nuclear motion. However, ultrafast IR spectroscopy is very challenging and thus heavily technology driven. Progress is driven by technical advances and the development of new laser sources and...   More >

The Russian Revolution and Soviet Durability

Lecture | November 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Lucan Way, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

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

The Soviet Union was one of the most durable authoritarian regimes in modern history. It not only endured 74 years, but survived multiple and severe crises -- from massive popular unrest in 1921 to deadly purges in the 1930s to the invasion of Germany in 1941. Professor Way argues that such robustness can be traced to the regime's origins in violent, revolutionary struggle. A history of violent...   More >

Slow Accretion: Producing Harm in Ulaanbaatar’s Air Pollution Crisis

Lecture | November 7 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Chisato Fukuda, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 Franck Billé, Program Director, Silk Road Center, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Public Health, School of

What counts as evidence of harm for those living in the midst of air pollution? Over the past two decades, air pollution has become a seasonal disaster in Ulaanbaatar, prompting widespread concerns about its harms to human bodies and the environment. These concerns have promoted various investments to document air pollution’s effects, from monitoring technologies, to interactive pollution maps,...   More >


Central American History and Identity: Past and Present: A Gathering for Teachers and Other Educators

Workshop | November 7 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Available with registration

  , Oakland, CA

 Rebecca Herman, Assistant Professor of History, UC Berkeley

 Undergraduate Students from UC Berkeley, Central Americans for Empowerment

 ORIAS (Office of Resources for International and Area Studies)

In Partnership with the UC Berkeley Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS), the OUSD ELLMA office invites you to learn more about the historical context impacting migration from Central America, its connection to US policy, and the complex, intersectional identities of students from the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.

 This event is for k-14 teachers.


  Registration opens November 1. Register online or by calling Shane Carter at 5102895962, or by emailing Shane Carter at orias@berkeley.edu by November 7.

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Stillman's Question, Solved! (Part 2)

Seminar | November 7 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Chris Eur, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We continue the journey of Ananyan and Hochster's resolution of Stillman's Question. After a brief review of the main theorems, we dive right into the technical details. Our goal will be to build necessary tools to prove the main theorems, in particular to make precise the statement that small collapse is equivalent to small codimension of singular locus.

Naisargi Dave | Life is Queerer Than a Chessboard: On Cows, Violence, and Love in Contemporary India

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

 Naisargi N. Dave, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto

 Lawrence Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and of South & Southeast Asian Studies

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of Anthropology, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Project on Political Conflict, Gender and People's Rights

A talk by anthropologist and scholar of queer activism and animal rights in India Dr. Naisargi N. Dave.

Gilead Infosession: Bio-Tech Connect: Industry Infosession Series

Information Session | November 7 | 5-7 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Bioengineering (BioE)

Join Gilead Sciences, a research-based biopharmaceutical company that delivers life-saving therapies to patients in need. DINNER PROVIDED
Accepting resumes for full-time and internship positions.
Hosted by the Department of Bioengineering and the Bioengineering Honor Society

Launching Undocumental: a talk and reception

Lecture | November 7 | 5-6:30 p.m. | The Law Building, Goldberg Room

 Joel Sati, Undocumental; Ramona Naddaff, UC Berkeley Rhetoric Department; Khaled Alrabe, Human Rights Center; Meng So, Undocumented Student Program; Michael Conti, Define American

 Human Rights Center

Join us for the launch of Undocumental, an interdisciplinary and intersectional publication focused on "illegalization." The event will feature a Q&A with founder and executive director Joel Sati and members of the Undocumented editorial staff. We'll also hear brief introductory remarks from Khaled Alrabe, director of the Immigration Initiative at the Human Rights Center; Ramona Naddaff,...   More >

"How to Work a Look"--a lecture by Madison Moore

Lecture | November 7 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, 315, Maude Fife

 Madison Moore, ERC Postdoctoral Scholar, King's College, London

 Department of English, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies

How to Work a Look explores the relationships between queerness, spectacular style and resistance. The colloquial phrase “working a look” highlights the queer practice of using fashion to critique restrictive societal norms. For queer, trans and nonbinary people of color, style is resistance, a...   More >

EPMS Weekly Seminar

Seminar | November 1, 2016 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:10-6 p.m. | 212 O'Brien Hall

 Engineering and Project Management Society

Each week the Engineering and Project Management Society brings in a speaker to talk about topics related to construction and project management. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event is ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at...   More >

Magic Spells: A Weekly Performance Series Featuring Victoria Hanna and Hebrew Amulets from The Magnes Collection

Performing Arts - Other | October 24 – December 5, 2017 every Tuesday | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Meet Victoria Hanna and watch as she develops MAGIC SPELLS, a new performance repertoire based on Hebrew amulets in The Magnes Collection.

This series is presented in conjunction with the UC Berkeley course, "Jewish Nightlife: Poetry, Music, and Ritual Performance from Renaissance Italy to Contemporary Israel" (Jewish 121-001, Music 139), taught by Francesco Spagnolo.

During her Fall 2017...   More >

CARE Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Film - Documentary | November 7 | 6-8 p.m. | 2521 Channing Way (Inst. for Res. on Labor & Employment), Large Conference Room

 UC Berkeley Labor Center

Care delves deep into the world of home elder care through the eyes of both paid caregivers and their elderly clients. Undocumented Vilma, cares for Dee, 92, an active businesswoman until dementia ended her work life. With her only family 3,000 miles away, Vilma is her lifeline. In an isolated rural area, Laurie cajoles Larry to do his exercises and have hope while he waits for a lung transplant....   More >

Waste Reduction Speaker Panel: Hosted by Food@Haas

Lecture | November 7 | 6-8 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum in Chou Hall

 Dan Kurzrock, Regrained; Komal Ahmed, Copia; Nick Peters, DrawDown; Dylan Brody, Imperfect Produce

 Haas School of Business

This is a Haas class, anyone who is not enrolled but wants to attend the class is welcome to join but will be asked to leave if we run out of seating capacity in the room (due to fire code).

LEED Workshop: Become LEED Accredited!

Course | November 7 | 6-10 p.m. | 105 Dwinelle Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green-rating point system to certify a building’s sustainability. Just as Buildings can be LEED certified, students and professionals can become LEED Accredited themselves. (More information regarding course registration to come).

Global Health Expert Panel: Challenges and Opportunities in Global Health

Panel Discussion | November 7 | 7-9 p.m. |  Anna Head Alumnae Hall (2537 Haste St.)

 Dr. Malcolm Potts, Founder of the Fred H. Bixby, Jr. Center for Population and Family Planning, UC Berkeley; Dr. Woutrina Smith, Co-Director for UC Global Health Institute Planetary Health Center of Expertise, UC Davis; Dr. Craig Cohen, Co-Director, Center of Expertise in Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment, University of California, Global Health Institute, UC San Francisco

 Dr. Ndola Prata, Co-Director, Center of Expertise in Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment, University of California, Global Health Institute, UC Berkeley

 UC Global Health Institute

Join us for an expert panel with an interdisciplinary discussion on Maternal Health, Infectious Disease, and Climate Change from across the UC System. They will also be discussing opportunities and careers in Global Health.

There will be a 45-minute facilitated discussion, followed by a 45-minute Question&Answer section with our experts. Come ready to learn and engage with our renown experts...   More >

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