<< Week of February 17 >>

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Women's Basketball vs. Utah

Sport - Intercollegiate - Basketball | February 11 |  Haas Pavilion

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Women's Basketball hosts Utah in conference action at Haas Pavilion.

SOGA Open Hours

Tour/Open House | January 28 – May 13, 2018 every Sunday | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Garden Location: on the corner of Walnut St. and Virginia St. in north Berkeley, CA

 Campus Gardens

SOGA is an educational space designed for the community to share knowledge about organic urban agriculture and self-sufficiency in the food system. This type of experiential learning takes place during open volunteer hours, workshops, and DeCals (student-led courses at UCB). The garden, located on UC Berkeley property, is managed by undergraduate students and funded primarily through grants from...   More >

Meditation and Mindfulness in the Museum

Workshop | February 11 | 11:30 a.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Jill Satterfield, of Vajra Yoga and the School for Compassionate Action, leads an ongoing series of mindfulness and meditation sessions. For all levels; no advance registration required.

Meditation and Mindfulness in the Museum

Miscellaneous | February 11 | 11:30 a.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Jill Satterfield, of Vajra Yoga and the School for Compassionate Action, leads an ongoing series of mindfulness and meditation sessions. For all levels; no advance registration required.

Lacrosse vs. San Diego State

Sport - Intercollegiate - Lacrosse | February 11 | 12 p.m. |  Memorial Stadium

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Lacrosse hosts San Diego State at Memorial 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 >

AIA Joukowsky Lecture - The Late Bronze Age Eruption of Thera (Santorini)

Lecture | February 11 | 2 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall

 Floyd McCoy, University of Hawaii

 AIA, San Francisco Society

The largest volcanic eruption of the past 10,000 years occurred in the southern Aegean Sea on an island known in antiquity as Thera (Santorini). A landscape was forever altered – as was a culture that thrived on that island, the Cycladic culture. Here was the core of a thriving maritime trade network, in close communication with the Minoan culture on Crete, vaporized in a four/five-day volcanic...   More >

Film: Ivan the Terrible, Part I

Film - Series | February 11 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ivan the Terrible, Part I also screens on April 18 (with a lecture by Anne Nesbet) as part of the series In Focus: Eisenstein and His Contemporaries.

Like Alexander Nevsky, Ivan the Terrible is a collaboration with “that magician Sergei Prokofiev,” as Eisenstein called him; it has a strange magic bordering on sorcery. Filmed under difficult wartime conditions, it is set in sixteenth-century...   More >

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Performing Arts - Music | February 11 | 3-5 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Cal Performances

 Cal Performances

Ravel/Le tombeau de Couperin
George Tsontakis /O Mikros, O Megas (This Tiny World, This Enormous World) (West Coast Premiere)
Beethoven/Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor

$48 Tickets range from $48-86

  Buy tickets online or by calling 510.642.9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra performs Friday–Sunday, February 9–11, 2018 in Zellerbach Hall.

Film: Ivan the Terrible, Part II

Film - Series | February 11 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ivan the Terrible, Part II also screens on April 25 (with a lecture by Anne Nesbet) as part of the series In Focus: Eisenstein and His Contemporaries.

The second part of Eisenstein’s unfinished trilogy is mainly concerned with Ivan’s return to the throne and his ruthless opposition to the schemes of the boyars to keep Russia divided among its princes and foreign interests. Stalin took a...   More >

Film: Hard, Fast and Beautiful

Film - Feature | February 11 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ida Lupino’s taut tennis drama depicts the complexities and limits of female ambition in postwar suburban America and contains an early exposé of corruption in amateur sports. Tennis prodigy Florence (Sally Forrest) is torn between her own dedication to her sport, using tennis to fulfill the materialistic dreams of her ambitious mother (Claire Trevor), and her desire to please her doting fiancé....   More >

Monday, February 12, 2018

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar:: Cu homeostasis in Chlamydomonas, handling economy to excess

Seminar | February 12 | 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 Sabeeha Merchant, Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCLA

 Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Social Science and Humanities Proposal Writing Workshop for SURF Fellowship

Workshop | February 12 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 9 Durant Hall

 Jeff Vance Martin, SURF Advisor

 Office of Undergraduate Research

In this workshop, undergraduates will receive detailed guidance on how to construct a research proposal in social science and humanities disciplines for the SURF Fellowship.

Seismic Hazard Analysis, Capturing Uncertainty in the Post-Truth Era: SEMM and GeoSystems joint seminar

Seminar | February 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Dr. William Lettis, Lettis Consultants Internationsl, Inc.

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

The earthquake engineering community and regulatory agencies are moving, at varying rates, toward risk-informed engineering decisions and design. Risk-informed decision making, in turn, requires that probabilistic seismic hazard analyses explicitly and transparently incorporate uncertainty in hazard-significant seismic source and ground motion parameters.

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | February 12 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Francis Wong; Jonathan Holmes

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

12:10pm - Francis Wong - "Persistent Financial Distress After the Great Recession"

1pm - Jonathan Holmes - "How the Price of Physician Visits Affects Patient Welfare (When the Insurer Pays)"

  RSVP online by February 8.

Combinatorics Seminar: Money changing problems on affine semigroups

Seminar | February 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Jesus De Loera, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

An affine semigroup is a semigroup (always containing a neutral element) which is finitely generated and can be embedded in $Z^d$ . I care about them because they are the algebraic combinatorics analogues of convex polyhedral cones and because they are at the cross-roads of convex geometry, algebraic geometry, commutative algebra and combinatorics among others (e.g., they constitute the...   More >

The Link between Blur, Refractive Correction and Falls

Seminar | February 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 David Elliot, PhD, Professor, Bradford University, UK

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Abstract: Falls are common and represent a very serious health risk for older people. They are not random events as falls are linked to a range of intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors. Vision provides a significant input to postural control in addition to providing information about the size and position of hazards and obstacles in the travel pathway and allows us to safely negotiate steps and...   More >

EU Climate Leadership Post Paris

Lecture | February 12 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Max Gruenig, Ecologic Institute US

 Institute of European Studies

What can be expected from the EU and its member states in a time of internal turmoil and external challenges? How far along is the project of a European energy transition and what priority does energy efficiency and renewable energy take in the outgoing Juncker commission? What hope can be placed on the still new French president and what is emerging in Germany?

Max Gruenig is the President of...   More >

Neural Mechanisms of the Development of Face Perception

Colloquium | February 12 | 12:10-1:10 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Kalanit Grill-Spector, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

How do brain mechanisms develop from childhood to adulthood? There is extensive debate if brain development is due to pruning of excess neurons, synapses, and connections, leading to reduction of responses to irrelevant stimuli, or if development is associated with growth of dendritic arbors, synapses, and myelination leading to increased responses and selectivity to relevant stimuli. Our...   More >

Neural Mechanisms of the Development of Face Perception

Colloquium | February 12 | 12:15-1:30 p.m. | Tolman Hall, Beach Room (3105)

 Kalanit Grill-Spector, Stanford University

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

How do brain mechanisms develop from childhood to adulthood? There is extensive debate if brain development is due to pruning of excess neurons, synapses, and connections, leading to reduction of responses to irrelevant stimuli, or if development is associated with growth of dendritic arbors, synapses, and myelination leading to increased responses and selectivity to relevant stimuli. Our...   More >

Plant and Microbial Biology Student/Postdoc Seminar

Seminar | February 12 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 338 Koshland Hall | Canceled

 Jong Duk Park, 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

Seminar | February 12 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moses Hall, Moses Hall 223

 Guo Xu, Berkeley

 Department of Economics

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

In Search of Modern Iran: A Lecture by Abbas Amanat

Lecture | February 12 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Abbas Amanat, Yale University

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Abbas Amanat will talk about the challenges and rewards of writing a longue dureé covering early modern and modern history of Iran. His new book: Iran: A Modern History (Yale University Press, 2017) looks at five centuries of national and transnational history and explores overarching themes that connect the history of the Safavids Empire and emergence of the religion-state symbiosis with modes...   More >

Econ 235, Financial Economics: Job Market Seminar

Seminar | February 12 | 12:30-2 p.m. | C320 Haas School of Business

 Scott Nelson, MIT

 Department of Economics

Joint with Haas Finance Seminar and Real Estate Seminar

Matthew Hull | Satisfied Callers: Police and Corporate Customer Service in India

Lecture | February 12 | 2-4 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, 221 (Gifford Room)

 Matthew Hull, Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Department of Anthropology, Townsend Center for the Humanities, Cyborg Linguistics (Townsend Center Working Group), Form and Formalism (Townsend Center Working Group)

A talk by anthropologist Dr. Matthew Hull.

Probabilistic operator Algebra Seminar: Asymptotics for a class of meandric systems, via the Hasse diagram of $NC(n)$

Seminar | February 12 | 2-4 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Alexandru Nica, University of Waterloo

 Department of Mathematics

I will present a joint paper with Ian Goulden and Doron Puder (arXiv:1708.05188), concerning a family of diagrammatic objects called meandric systems. These objects have received a substantial amount of interest from mathematical physicists and from combinatorialists, and the study of the number of components of a random meandric system offers some very appealing, yet difficult problems. In...   More >

Differential Geometry Seminar: Eigenvalue estimates and differential form Laplacians on Alexandrov spaces

Seminar | February 12 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 John Lott, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In S.-Y. Cheng's Berkeley thesis from 1974, he gave upper bounds on the eigenvalues of the function Laplacian on a compact Riemannian manifold, in terms of geometric data. I will give an extension of Cheng's results to the differential form Laplacian. The proof uses Alexandrov spaces, i.e. metric spaces with curvature bounded below. I will also construct differential form Laplacians on Alexandrov...   More >

STROBE Seminar Series: Live Cell Fluorescence Imaging

Seminar | February 12 | 3-4 p.m. | 433 Latimer Hall

 Dr. Ralph Jimenez, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado

 College of Chemistry


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New directions in obesity epidemiology: Sleep, dietary patterns, and body composition

Lecture | February 12 | 3-4 p.m. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

 Elizabeth Feliciano, ScD, MSc

 Public Health, School of

More than one-third of U.S. adults have obesity. Obesity epidemiology identifies the causes and consequences of obesity to inform intervention strategies. This presentation will: 1) define obesity as a metabolic phenotype; 2) present two examples of novel obesity risk factors: sleep and dietary patterns; and 3) discuss the importance of body composition to understanding obesity’s role in chronic...   More >

Novel Statistical Tools for Single Molecule Biophysics: A foray into Bayesian nonparametrics

Seminar | February 12 | 3-4 p.m. | 177 Stanley Hall

 Steve Pressé, Arizona State University

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

One route to modeling biophysical dynamics involves the bottom-up, molecular simulation, approach. In this approach, approximate classical potentials are used to simulate short time local motions in order draw insight on dynamics at longer time and larger length scales. Here we take a different route. Instead we present a top-bottom approach to building models of single molecule conformational...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: The $p$-adic Jacquet-Langlands correspondence and a question of Serre

Seminar | February 12 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Sean Howe, Stanford University

 Department of Mathematics

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 them. The advanced talk is a regular formal presentation about recent research results to general audiences in arithmetic geometry and number theory; the pre-talk (3:10-4:00) is to introduce some prerequisites or background for the...   More >

Georgina Hall - LP, SOCP, and optimization-free approaches to sum of squares optimization

Seminar | February 12 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Georgina Hall, Princeton University

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

The problem of optimizing over the cone of nonnegative polynomials is a fundamental problem in computational mathematics, with applications to polynomial optimization, control, machine learning, game theory, and combinatorics, among others.

Embracing Wikipedia-editing as a teaching and learning strategy in higher ed: The case of medical schools

Colloquium | February 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Amin Azzam, University of California, San Francisco; University of California, Berkeley; Samuel Merritt University

 Graduate School of Education

As of March 2017, Wikipedia had nearly 30,000 articles on medical topics in English that were collectively viewed more than 10 million times per day. However most of the content in Wikipedia’s health articles was created by a few hundred dedicated contributors, and approximately 75% of existing articles remain in the “start” or “stub” stage of development.  However, in 2017, Wikipedia-editing...   More >

History Graduate Association Distinguished Alumni Lecture: Priya Satia on Empire of Guns

Lecture | February 12 | 4-6 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

 Priya Satia, Professor of Modern British History, Stanford University

 Department of History, History Graduate Association (HGA)

The 2018 History Graduate Association Distinguished Alumni Lecture featuring Priya Satia of Stanford University: Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution

Priya Satia was raised in Los Gatos, California, and educated at Stanford University, the London School of Economics, and here at UC Berkeley where she earned her Ph.D. in 2004. She is currently a Professor of...   More >

Ludmila Ulitskaya’s Daniel Stein: Teenage Translator, Trusted Tour Guide, and a Text Transfigured

Colloquium | February 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | B-4 Dwinelle Hall

 Judith Deutsch Kornblatt, Professor Emerita, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Wisconsin - Madison

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

This is the first lecture of the Spring 2018 Slavic Graduate Colloquium lecture series.

The Displacement of Borders among Russian Koreans in Northeast Asia

Colloquium | February 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Hyun-Gwi Park, University of Cambridge

 Steven Lee, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Mongolia Initiative

Since the late nineteenth century, ethnic Koreans have represented a small yet significant portion of the population of the Russian Far East, but until now, the phenomenon has been largely understudied. Based on extensive historical and ethnographic research, this is the first book in English to chart the contemporary social life of Koreans in the complex borderland region. Dispelling the...   More >

Analysis and PDE Seminar: Edge (resonant) states for 1D bi-periodic systems

Seminar | February 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Alexis Drouot, Columbia University

 Department of Mathematics

We study the bifurcation of Dirac points under the introduction of edges in certain periodic systems. For honeycomb Schrodinger operators, Fefferman, Lee-Thorp and Weinstein showed that if introducing the edge opens an essential spectral gap near the Dirac energy, then the perturbed operator has an edge-localized eigenstate. This state is associated to the topologically protected zero-mode of a...   More >

A Radical S-adenosylmethionine-Dependent Enzyme that Isn’t So Radical

Seminar | February 12 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Squire Booker, Penn State

 College of Chemistry

The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale And The American Tragedy In Vietnam

Lecture | February 12 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Faculty Club, Heyns Room | Note change in location

 Max Boot, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow for National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

 Institute of International Studies

Max Boot is a historian, best-selling author, and foreign-policy analyst who has been called one of the “world’s leading authorities on armed conflict” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Boot’s latest book—The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the...   More >

Valentine's iMix

Social Event | February 12 | 5-8 p.m. | International House, Sproul Rooms

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

Come join Berkeley International Office for a Valentine's themed movie night at the International House on February 12. Come meet new people from all over the globe while enjoying a fun and relaxing evening together.

The event will begin at 6:30 PM with snacks, candy, and drinks, as well as plenty of supplies to make DIY Valentine's cards for your friends. At 7, we'll settle in for a screening...   More >

Strategic Plan Town Hall

Meeting | February 12 | 5-6 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Office of Chancellor

Join the Strategic Planning Steering Committee co-chairs - Haas School of Business Dean Rich Lyons and Academic Senate Division Chair Lisa Alvarez-Cohen - as they lead a discussion of Berkeley's strategic planning process and take feedback from the campus community.

For more information, visit: strategicplan.berkeley.edu

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | January 22 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Jupiter

 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Jupiter (check for location updates). This is an informal gathering to connect with other Swahili speakers on campus and in Berkeley. Each person will support their own beverage purchases (water, soda, coffee, tea, beer, etc.), but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and...   More >

UROC DeCal – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Course | January 29 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed, UROOC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Ethnic Studies 98/198
Class Time: Mondays, 6pm-8pm, 1/22/18 - 4/30/18
Course Control Number (CCN): 24251

Units: 1-3 units

Student Instructor: Istifaa Ahmed

Welcome to our student-led organization and DeCal, Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research! We seek to build a community of researchers of color...   More >

R.A.D. for Men (Resisting Aggression with Defense

Special Event | February 12 – 17, 2018 every day with exceptions | 6-8:30 p.m. | Unit 1 Residence Hall, Putnam Mail Lounge

 Gender Equity Resource Center, Recreational Sports, RSSP, UCPD

Participants will have the opportunity to: raise their awareness of aggressive behavior, recognize how aggressive behavior impacts their lives, learn steps to avoid aggressive behavior, consider how they can be part of reducing aggression and violence, and practice hands-on self-defense skills to resist and escape aggressive behavior directed toward them. This program is designed to empower...   More >

$10 UCB Students Only

  Register online

The Clock Tower at Jaffa Gate, Sheikh Suleiman Jacir, the Jerusalem Hebron Road, and other disappearances

Lecture | February 12 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Emily Jacir, Artist and Filmmaker

 Arts + Design

Renowned for work that is as poetic as it is political and biographical, Emily Jacir will discuss her powerful artistic practice and address some of the crucial questions which inform her approach. Jacir has built a complex and compelling oeuvre through a diverse range of media and methodologies that include unearthing historic material, performative gestures and in-depth research. Her projects...   More >

Quantcast Tech Talk and Info-Session

Information Session | February 12 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Bring your resume to be entered in our raffle for a $100 gift card! Food and beverages will be provided.

Come to our tech talk event to learn how we uses AI, Big Data & Machine Learning to influence human behavior. You will get the opportunity to hear first-hand from our senior tech leaders at Quantcast. Also, our engineers will walk through and explain a technical question that you might see...   More >

Earth Week 2018 Planning Committee

Meeting | February 12 | 7-8 p.m. |  Sproul Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Are you interested in planning UC Berkeley's 2018 Earth Week? Looking for a leadership opportunity to help make Earth Week a memorable campus-wide celebration? SERC is recruiting individual student leaders and/or student representatives from environmental student organizations to join the Earth Week 2018 Planning Committee.

Meetings will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 7-8pm in Sproul 102....   More >

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Deconstructing Social Ideas

Seminar | February 13 | Barrows Hall, Radio Broadcast, ON-AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Caleb Luna, PhD Student, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies; Ashley Smiley, PhD Student, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Caleb is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies.

Caleb Luna wearing heart sunglasses

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.

A Pretensioned, Rocking Bridge Column System for Accelerated Construction and Enhanced Seismic Performance

Seminar | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 542 Davis Hall

 Travis Thonstad

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

A pretensioned bridge column system has been developed that accelerates on-site construction activities, minimizes residual displacements even after large seismic events and reduces post-earthquake damage. The connections are the key to the system’s seismic performance.

Transition Metal-Catalyzed Amination and Amidation Reactions

Seminar | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Prof. Kami Hull, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 College of Chemistry

Carbon–nitrogen bonds are ubiquitous in pharmaceuticals, organic materials, and natural products. These C–N bonds are often incorporated as amines or amides. Despite their prominence, they are often formed in poor atom and step economy. One of the primary goals of the Hull Group is to develop alternative syntheses of this two important functionalities. Our work towards chemo-, stereo-, and...   More >

2018 Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Info Session: Funding for post graduation social engagement projects

Information Session | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12 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 engaged students the opportunity to extend and reflect upon their undergraduate work at Berkeley by undertaking a socially engaged project after their graduation.

Up to $25,000. Proposals for...   More >

Close encounters of the microbial kind: How Mycobacterium tuberculosis traverses the mucosal barrier

Seminar | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition

 Michael Shiloh, University of Texas Southwestern

 Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

After Kathy Acker: A Conversation with Chris Kraus

Lecture | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 330 Wheeler Hall

 Chris Kraus

 Department of English

A graduate student led discussion with author Chris Kraus about her recent literary biography, "After Kathy Acker" [moderated by Alex Brostoff (Comparative Literature) & Katie Bondy (English)]

Sponsored by the English Department Americanist Colloquium, the English Department, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Florence Bixby Chair, the 20/21st Century Colloquium, & the Consortium for...   More >

Certificate Program in Data Science and Professional Program in Data Analysis Online Information Session

Information Session | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. |  Online

 Sean Butcher, LL.B., M.B.A.

 UC Berkeley Extension

Gain the skills to collect, process, analyze and interpret data to create actionable insights. Learn how to leverage machine learning, statistics, data mining and big data to develop new strategies that support decision making in a variety of fields.

  Make reservations online

Initial Coin Offerings: The Opportunities and Pitfalls of Funding Start-Ups With Cryptocurrencies

Lecture | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Lukas Repa, European Commission

 Institute of European Studies

Start-up funding is still a prerogative of venture capital firms in the Silicon Valley. Yet, this may change. The boom of Bitcoin has attracted investor interest to cryptocurrencies in general. As a consequence, both in Europe and the USA, entrepreneurs are increasingly issuing cryptocurrencies to fund their start ups rather than seeking venture capital. The so-called "Initial Coin Offerings"...   More >

Innovative Genomics Institute Seminar Series: Connecting social interactions to specialized metabolism in actinomycete bacteria

Seminar | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 115 Energy Biosciences Building

 QB3 - California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

Matt Traxler
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology | UC Berkeley
"Connecting social interactions to specialized metabolism in actinomycete bacteria"
Energy Biosciences Building 115, Tuesday Feb 13th - 12pm to 1pm.
Lunch immediately after the seminar in the EBB lobby.

Ancient Icons/Modern Russia

Lecture | February 13 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Judith Deutsch Kornblatt, Professor Emerita, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Wisconsin - Madison

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

This lecture and slide show examines the history, theology, and presentation of Russian icons, from their beginnings through the twentieth century and into post-Soviet times. It will demonstrate how these sacred objects have permeated even secular Russian culture, including modernist art, poetry, advertising, and popular memes.

Strategic Plan Town Hall

Meeting | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium

 Office of Chancellor

Join the Strategic Planning Steering Committee co-chairs - Haas School of Business Dean Rich Lyons and Academic Senate Division Chair Lisa Alvarez-Cohen - as they lead a discussion of Berkeley's strategic planning process and take feedback from the campus community.

For more information, visit: strategicplan.berkeley.edu

Grant Writing Workshop: Specific Aims

Workshop | February 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 401 University Hall

 Erica Whitney, Berkeley Research Development Office

 Public Health, School of

Presented by Erica Whitney, Associate Director of Strategy and Training, at the Berkeley Research Development Office. The presentation will focus on tips for writing a successful Specific Aims section with examples of how to address different points and messages.

Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease: The Basics (BEUHS172)

Workshop | February 13 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | Tang Center, University Health Services, Section Club

 Mary Fisher, Alzheimer’s Association

 Be Well at Work - Elder Care

In this informative workshop, participants will learn about normal age-related memory changes, the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, the diagnostic process, risk factors, disease stages, and treatment options. Resources offered by the Alzheimer’s Association will be provided, as well as community resources, both locally and geographically distant.

  Enroll online

Development Lunch: "Demand-driven enforcement of labor law in Bangladesh"

Seminar | February 13 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Laura Boudreau

 Department of Economics

Africanisation and Government Intelligence: the Politics of Security in the Gold Coast, 1948 - 1957

Colloquium | February 13 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Chase Arnold, PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley Department of History

 Center for African Studies

In 1948, the Gold Coast witnessed a week of rioting sparked by political protest and violent confrontation with police. After the riots, the British and Gold Coast governments implemented numerous political reforms, transitioning the colony toward self-rule and, eventually, independence. The riots also spurred security reform in the Gold Coast. For many in Accra and London, the riots demonstrated...   More >

3-Manifold Seminar: Tait colorings and instanton homology (continued)

Seminar | February 13 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We'll continue to discuss Kronheimer and Mrowka's instanton invariants of spatial webs.

Using Patient Experience Data to Assess Attempts at System Transformation

Colloquium | February 13 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 104 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Paul D. Cleary, PhD, Professor, Yale School of Public Health

 Public Health, School of

The State of Connecticut recently launched a CMMI sponsored State Innovation Model program that focuses, in part, on using financial incentives to improve care. Improved Patient-centered care is one of the goals of the program and this talk will describe the initial stages of using patient surveys to assess variations in patient-centered care in CT. This will include a discussion of some of the...   More >

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

On the Digital Archive and Its Uses for Japanese Humanities: A Collaborative Workshop by the Art Research Center of Ritsumeikan University and the University of California, Berkeley

Workshop | February 13 | 2-5 p.m. | 117 Dwinelle Hall

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), East Asian Library

This workshop will examine the possibilities for new digital technologies and platforms to allow for collaboration within the humanities. Presentations will introduce collaborative projects already underway at both Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan and at the University of California, Berkeley and we will explore the promise of transnational collaboration to provide students access to...   More >

Seminar 237/281, Macro/International Seminar: Exchange Rate Disconnect in General Equilibrium

Seminar | February 13 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Oleg Itskhoki, Princeton

 Department of Economics

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "Group Membership Magnifies the Dark Side of Human Social Behavior"

Seminar | February 13 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Michal Bauer, CERGE-EI and Institute of Economic Studies, Charles University

 Department of Economics

Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: Intracranial electrophysiology of the human default mode network: Where fMRI got it wrong

Colloquium | February 13 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Josef Parvizi, Department of Neurology, Stanford University

 Department of Psychology

Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop

Workshop | February 13 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Stephens Lounge

 Berkeley Study Abroad

Are you a Pell Grant recipient and U.S. citizen who is planning to study and/or intern abroad? Attend the Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop and learn about the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a federal scholarship which funds up to $5,000 towards a study abroad experience.

The Gilman Scholarship Application Workshop will review scholarship and eligibility requirements,...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: How to Count 27 Lines in Macaulay2

Seminar | February 13 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mahrud Sayrafi, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In a series of computational examples in Macaulay2, we will give an introduction to Chern classes and projective bundles leading to computing the number of lines on a cubic surface. Specifically, we will see how to define smooth projective varieties in Macaulay2, build vector bundles on them, and use the Schubert2 package to compute their Chern classes. If time permits, we will look at more...   More >

Open House + Arts/Visual Collections Showcase

Tour/Open House | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | Doe Library, Art History/Classics Library, 308 Doe

 Library, Department of History of Art

The Art History/Classics Library and the History of Art Visual Resources Center are hosting an event to bring together the many arts-related and visual scholarly resources and scholarly output from around the UC Berkeley campus and beyond. It will be a book-fair style event with outreach materials and...   More >

Latin American Hyperfetishism and the Materialist Turn

Lecture | February 13 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Center for Latin American Studies, CLAS Conference Room

 2334 Bowditch Street, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Héctor Hoyos, Associate Professor, Stanford University Latin American Literature

 Center for Latin American Studies

In this talk, Hoyos interrogates Marx’s notion of commodity fetishism from the vantage point of new materialisms. Complicating the notion that counternarrative may reveal the social relations behind the fascination toward commodities, Hoyos considers literary and artistic case studies from Colombia and Mexico (Fernando Vallejo, Margo Glantz, and Daniela Rosell) to characterize a mode of...   More >

North American Futures: NAFTA in the Balance

Panel Discussion | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

 Christopher Sands, Professor & Director of Canadian Studies, Johns Hopkins University; Maria Echaveste, Policy and Program Development Director, Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy; Jeremy Kinsman, Diplomacy Scholar & Former Canadian Ambassador

 Rana Sarkar, Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco

 Canadian Studies Program (CAN))

What is the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement? With changes to NAFTA on the horizon and negotiators gathering for a new round of NAFTA talks, this panel of experts examines the economic, political, and diplomatic aspects of NAFTA's past, present, and future.

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Dr. Nilah Ioannidis, Departments of Biomedical Data Science and Genetics, Stanford University: Computational methods for interpreting genetic variation of unknown significance

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | Soda Hall, HP Auditorium 306

 Center for Computational Biology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Understanding the clinical significance of personal genome variation is a major challenge for personalized medicine, with large numbers of variants of unknown significance discovered in next-generation sequencing studies. I will first discuss two machine learning tools that we recently developed to predict the clinical significance of individual genetic variants. REVEL is a random...   More >

Design Field Notes: Jennifer Jacobs

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Jennifer Jacobs, whose research examines ways to diversify participation and practice in procedural art and computational design, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Spatial organization of complex lipid bilayers: Emergent order across multiple scales

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Lutz Maibaum, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington

 College of Chemistry

Cellular membranes are bilayers made of a large number of different types of phospholipids, sterols, and proteins. Their spatial organization is of fundamental importance for a large number of elementary biological processes including cell signaling and membrane trafficking. It has become clear that phospholipids and sterols contribute significantly to the lateral structure of such membranes. The...   More >

Jean Michaud and Dan Smyer Yü | Zomia, Frictions and Multistate Margins in Modern Trans-Himalayas

Reading - Nonfiction | February 13 | 4-6 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room)

 Dan Smyer Yü, Professor and Director, Center for Trans-Himalayan Studies, Yunnan Minzu University; Jean Michaud, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Laval University

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

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Himalayan Studies Program, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

A talk on recent scholarship on the Trans Himalayan regions by anthropologists Jean Michaud & Dan Smyer Yü.

Advances in Continuous Integration Testing at Google

Seminar | February 13 | 4-5 p.m. | 540AB Cory Hall

 John Micco, Google

 UC Berkeley ASPIRE Lab

We are always working on improving the efficiency of our developers’ core workflows by providing better and faster tooling and processes for testing developer code submissions. This talk will describe some of the latest research we are doing on scheduling tests more effectively, reducing costs and handling flaky tests. We are on the cusp of dramatically reducing our costs while still...   More >

Digital Scholarly Editions with TEI

Workshop | February 13 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, D-Lab, 350 Barrows Hall

 Stacy Reardon, Library


The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) offers a standard way of describing texts to make them machine readable. A flavor of XML, TEI has been used in many humanities and social sciences disciplines, and it has a dedicated vocabulary for describing literary texts. TEI may be used to create digital editions, prepare texts for research, and preserve texts in a digital format. In this workshop, we'll...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Chern Classes and an introduction to Projective Bundles

Seminar | February 13 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Daniel Chupin, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk, we will characterize Chern classes of vector bundles on schemes and discuss and invoke the splitting principle as a tool for computing Chern class identities for tensor/wedge/symmetric products of bundles. Time permitting, we may either return to Grassmannians to do some computations or say some words about how Chern classes of the universal bundle generate the Chow ring, or talk...   More >

DataVisor Tech Talk and Info-Session

Information Session | February 13 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Come out to DataVisor's tech talk this Tuesday to hear about latest developments in unsupervised machine learning and Big Data! Dinner will be provided.

Topic: Unsupervised - How DataVisor Finds Fraud Without Labels
Date: Tuesday, February 13th
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Wozniak Lounge

Talk Abstract: Traditional fraud solutions are in a constant cat-and-mouse game with attackers....   More >

Sacred Mountains. Abrahamic Religions and Musical Practices in the Mediterranean Area

Film - Documentary | February 13 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life (2121 Allston Way)

 Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Free and open to the public

A documentary devoted to three pilgrimages to sacred mountains in the three Abrahamic Religions. The work explores the role of music practices as a way of prayer and participation, and the importance of sound in shaping and giving meaning to places. The narrative is shaped around three episodes, each devoted to a different event, following the usual moments of a...   More >

What's Up With That? Making Healthy Relationships and Connections

Workshop | February 13 | 5:30-7 p.m. | International House, Home Room

 Berkeley International Office(BIO))

As you spend time at Cal, you will begin to make new friends, and perhaps new relationships. Sometimes these relationships can be complex due to cultural differences. How do you handle them? How do you go about maintaining existing relationships?

We'll also discuss dating and healthy relationships within the US context. Come and share your thoughts with others who might be going through...   More >

R.A.D. for Men (Resisting Aggression with Defense

Special Event | February 12 – 17, 2018 every day with exceptions | 6-8:30 p.m. | Unit 1 Residence Hall, Putnam Mail Lounge

 Gender Equity Resource Center, Recreational Sports, RSSP, UCPD

Participants will have the opportunity to: raise their awareness of aggressive behavior, recognize how aggressive behavior impacts their lives, learn steps to avoid aggressive behavior, consider how they can be part of reducing aggression and violence, and practice hands-on self-defense skills to resist and escape aggressive behavior directed toward them. This program is designed to empower...   More >

$10 UCB Students Only

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Translation as Research: with Ahmad Diab, Anneka Lenssen, and Kathy Zarur

Lecture | February 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Dwinelle Annex, Room 126

 Arts Research Center

To celebrate the upcoming publication of the anthology Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2018), co-editor Anneka Lenssen joins Ahmad Diab and Kathy Zarur in a conversation exploring the possibilities of translation as artistic research.

Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents

The Politics of Faith and Fear: Robert Baer at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | February 13 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Robert Baer, Author and Former CIA Officer

 The Berkeley Forum

Global warming, overpopulation, and mass migration will put catastrophic stress on humanity. How we deal with it will be the question. Robert Baer believes that people governed by fear want to be governed by faith. The Taliban’s demolition of the Buddhas at Bamiyan and the Islamic State's destruction of Palmyra may have occurred halfway around the world, but Americans can apply lessons from these...   More >


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No Ban, No Wall: Confronting the Militarization of Our Borders and Communities

Panel Discussion | February 13 | 6-8 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall

 Ofelia Ortiz Cuevas, Assistant Professor of Department of Chicana/o Studies at UC Davis; Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC); Pierre Labossiere, Co-Founder of the Haiti Action Committee; Abraham Vela M.D., Volunteer, Clínica Martín-Baró

 Berkeley Center for Social Medicine, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United

The Trump presidency has increased attacks on immigrant and marginalized communities through targeting sanctuary cities, instituting the Muslim ban, and revoking temporary protected status for thousands. Please join us for a panel discussion to analyze these intersections with some of the individuals working to defend the health and rights of immigrant communities.

Your Right to Compost: A Workshop on Berkeley Mandatory Compost

Workshop | February 13 | 7-8 p.m. | TBA Dwinelle Hall

 Heidi Obermeit, Recycling Program Manager, City of Berkeley Dept of Public Works

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Do you live in a building with 5+ units?

Then your housing management is required to provide you with a compost bin! Come learn with SERC, STeam, and Cal Zero Waste for an hour filled with student empowerment, games, learning how to talk to you landlord and get compost services, and how to sort your waste once you’ve got it!

Environmental Design Archives Gallery Talks: Margie O’Driscoll

Lecture | February 13 | 7-8 p.m. | 121 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Join the Environmental Design Archives the second Tuesday of each month for Gallery Talks, a series of informal lectures given by scholars and practitioners.