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Google VP Dr. Anna Patterson Presents “Search Engines Through the Ages,” 7 p.m., Wed., Oct. 22

21 October 2014

Dr. Anna Patterson

Google’s Dr. Anna Patterson will explore, “Search Engines Through the Ages: A Brief History of How We Seek Information,”  7 p.m., Wed., Oct. 22, at Berkeley City College’s Auditorium, 2050 Center St.  The event is free and open to the public.  Reserve your ticket at  Details about the event are at


Accessing information has radically changed through the advent of the internet, as have searching for—and finding—knowledge, news, and gossip.  Dr. Patterson takes us back in time before “to google” became the synonym for searching the web, and looks at the different ways we’ve searched for information, from taxonomies to text to algorithms, and beyond.  She explains these changes, presents the latest developments in internet search engines and how current developments will impact the future.


Dr. Patterson is Vice President of Engineering and Artificial Intelligence for Google.  She was the architect of one of Google’s largest search serving systems TeraGoogle and also led efforts in Web Search, Ads and Shopping.  The focus of her current work is on text understanding.


Her talk is part of the “Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics” series of six public lectures in 2014–15, which are jointly presented by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and Berkeley City College (BCC).  They are made possible with funding from the Simons Foundation.


Visit the Science Seminar Series site for more information.

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BCC Bookstore Sale Tues. 10/21 and Wed. 10/22, 5th Floor, Extra 25% Off Sale Price

21 October 2014

Please come by the bookstore on Tuesday October 21st and Wednesday October 22nd 2014 for an extra 25% off sale.


Lydia Bouzida
Store Manager
Tel: 510.981.1120 | Fax: 510.981.0056
Follett Higher Education Group
Berkeley City College Bookstore #1009
2050 Center St, Room 517
Berkeley, CA 94704 |

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“Solving Human Organ Failure with Tissue-Engineering and Stem Cells” presented by Tracy Grikscheit, MD, on Wed., Oct. 29, @ 7 pm

20 October 2014

Dr. Tracy Grikscheit

Tracy Grikscheit, MD, is our next distinguished speaker in Berkeley City College’s Science Seminar Lecture series. The lecture will be on Wednesday, October 29, at 7 pm in the Auditorium at Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley. Dr. Grikscheit will be speaking on tissue-engineering and stem cells. View the seminar flyer here.

Dr. Grikscheit is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern California, as well as an attending surgeon at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She also is a funded primary investigator at the Saban Research Institute. In addition, she consults with the intestinal failure team at CHLA and the Institute for Fetal and Maternal Health.

Dr. Grikscheit’s research, centering on tissue engineering and the role of organ-specific stem cells in intestinal development, has been reported in numerous peer-review journals and in national and international presentations. She has been awarded nearly $8 million in research grants since 2006 and is actively seeking a stem cell solutions for critically ill neonates. Dr. Grikscheit’s work was featured on the front page of the New York Times in 2012.

Visit the Science Seminar Series website for more information.



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Ongoing Exhibit “Exquisite Corpse” through Nov. 13, in the Jerry Adams Gallery

20 October 2014

You are cordially invited to join us in an opening reception for an exhibition of “Exquisite Corpse”, a collaborative drawing and writing project in the Jerry Adams Gallery, rm 112, Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley, a half block from the Berkeley BART Station.


The Reception will be held Thursday, Oct 9 , 2014, 6PM to 8PM.  All welcome.  The show will be open in the gallery during school hours from Oct. 6 to Nov. 13.


See a preview of the show:


exquisite corpse postcard

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Flu Shots for BCC Students – Wed., Oct. 15, 12:30 – 3:30 pm, Room 122

11 October 2014

Cost of the flu shot is paid by the student health fee. Peralta District Health Services is holding a flu shot clinic at Berkeley City College on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., in Room 122 (first floor).


The full schedule of flu shot clinics for Peralta students on campuses:

  • Merritt – Wed., Oct. 15, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., Health Center R-106
  • Berkeley – Wed., Oct. 15, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., Rm 122
  • Alameda – Wed., Oct. 22, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., Student Center F Building
  • Laney – Wed., Oct. 22, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., Cafeteria


Get Your Flu Shot! It’s paid for by your student health fee!


Visit the District Health Services website.


Find out more about H1N1 and what to do about about the flu




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Presentation on “The Cost of Injustice — Oakland to Ferguson” – Wed., Oct. 15 at 6:30 pm, BCC auditorium

11 October 2014

The Global Studies Club is hosting an event entitled: “The Cost of Injustice — Oakland to Ferguson”. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 15th at 6:30 PM in the BCC auditorium at Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley.


A student will welcome the audience and introduce the speaker, Cephus Johnson, uncle of Oscar Grant. He recently went to Ferguson after the death of Michael Brown. He will speak for about 30 minutes about what happened to Oscar, the issues of police brutality and his experiences relating to other families around the country who have lost their children to police violence. Then we will open it up for questions and comments from the audience.


Please read The Cost of Injustice flyer here.

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Hispanic Heritage Event at BCC – Tues., Sept. 30, Atrium, 12:15 – 1:15 pm

29 September 2014

You are all invited to join us for our Hispanic Heritage event on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. It will be at BCC’s Atrium, around 12:15pm.
We will have mariachi, passionate speakers and more!


poster with date and time




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Berkeley City College presents A Festival of Math & Art, Fri. -Sat., Oct. 3-4, 2014, 10am-5pm

24 September 2014

Berkeley’s Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and Berkeley City College will host MoSAIC:  Mathematics of Science, Art, Industry and Culture: a Festival of Math and Art 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. & Sat., Oct. 3 & 4.   The event is free and open to the public.


MoSAIC is a collaborative effort sponsored and funded by MSRI and administered by the Bridges organization. The groups create interdisciplinary mini conferences and festivals on mathematical connections in science, art, industry, and culture for colleges and universities around the United States and abroad.


The BCC event will include hands-on workshops, presentations, math/art exhibits, films and information exchanges with mathematicians and artists.  Notable presenters include Art historian Carol Bier, George Hart, mathematician and sculptor, Vi Hart, YouTube math video producer, Chris Palmer, author of Shadowfolds, Karl Schaffer, dancer, and more.  For details, visit .


Fun Activities

Mosaic poster

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  • Hands-on Workshops
  • Engaging Talks
  • Math Art Exhibit
  • Short Films
  • Informal Exchange


Notable Presenters

  • Carol Bier, art historian
  • George Hart, mathematician/sculptor
  • Vi Hart, YouTube math video maker
  • Chris Palmer, author of Shadowfolds
  • Karl Schaffer, dancer
  • and more!



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