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International Education Week Begins with 3 Presentations at BCC on Mon., Nov. 17

13 November 2014

Next Monday, November 17th, will be the beginning of International Education Week at the Peralta Colleges and we are kicking it off with 3 events at Berkeley City College from 11am – 2pm (pdf). We’d love to have you all join us for all three events.


The first is a Workshop called Crossing Cultures in the Auditorium from 11am – 12pm. This is an interactive workshop that will discuss and explore cultures, cultural differences, and promote cross-cultural dialogue. We hope that students from all disciplines and backgrounds can attend.


Afterwards in the Atrium, there will be a Walk Around the World Celebration from 12:15pm – 1pm. BCC students will represent about 20 different countries and share information about their countries.


Finally, from 1pm – 2pm in the Auditorium, come to a The Life of a Peace Corp Volunteer to listen to returned Peace Corp Volunteers talk about their experiences abroad. This is a great opportunity for any student who may be interested in joining the Peace Corp, would like to learn more about the Peace Corp, or would like to live and do great work abroad.


There are other events at Alameda, Laney, and Merritt that include International Student Panels, Study Abroad and more!


If anyone has questions, please contact:

Thomas Torres-Gil, DSO

International Program Manager



Office of International Education

333 East 8th Street

Oakland, CA 94606

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Susan Lynch, Ph.D. Speaks on “The Microbiome: a New Frontier of Human Health”, Thurs., Nov. 20, 7-8pm, BCC Auditorium

7 November 2014

Dr. Susan Lynch

Berkeley City College Biotechnology Program invites you to the Fall 2014 Science Seminar Series. On Thursday, November 20, 2014, Dr. Susan Lynch will discuss “The Microbiome: a New Frontier of Human Health”, in the Berkeley City College Auditorium from 7 – 8 pm. A reception will be held from 6:30 – 7 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public. Berkeley City College is located at 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley, a half block from the Berkeley BART Station.


Traditionally the medical community has viewed microbes as the cause of illness. However, this notion is shifting as emerging research in the field of human microbiome has revealed the presence of diverse microorganisms living on and within the human body. These complex microbial communities develop during infancy and produce a range of essential functions necessary for maintenance of human health.


Dr. Lynch received degree in Microbiology from University College Dublin, Ireland and conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University. As Associate Professor and Director of the Colitis and Crohn’s Disease Microbiome Research Core at the University of California, San Francisco, her research focuses on understanding the contributions of the local microbiome to chronic gastrointestinal and airway inflammatory diseases. It aims to improve our understanding of the human Super-organism to develop novel therapeutics that both restore the microbial ecosystem and beneficially modulate immune responses. Dr. Lynch has published approximately 80 peer-reviewed publications and is the author of five patents.


Read the lecture flyer below:

Lynch flyer


Read about Dr. Lynch’s research on asthma:

Research Article on Asthma


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BCC Pre-Nursing Club Q&A Series: Labor and Delivery Nursing Discussion with Barbara O’Connor, RN, Tues., Nov. 4, 12:30 pm, Rm 52

30 October 2014

Barbara O’Connor, Labor and Delivery Registered Nurse, will talk about her field and career and answer student’s questions. Barbara has been an RN at Providence Hospital in Oregon for nine years.

Come join us in a Skype conversation with Barbara on Tuesday, November 4th at 12:30 in room 52.

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Pixar Sound Designer E.J. Holowicki Discusses the Creative Process of Designing Sound | 7:15-8:30 pm, Thur., Nov. 6 at BCC

30 October 2014

EJ Holowicki listening in sound booth

The renowned E.J. Holowicki, sound designer for Pixar and Lucasfilm, who has been nominated eight times for sound editing awards, will discuss the creative process of designing sound on major feature films, 7:15-8:30 p.m., Thur., Nov. 6, Berkeley City College Auditorium.

EJ Holowicki recording llama

The event is free and open to the public. Holowicki’s credits include Beasts of the Southern Wild, Finding Nemo, Brave, Toy Story 3, Ratatouille, Up! and many more, including several live-action films and documentaries.

As you know, great sound design can mask poor performances and build suspense and drama. Sound hits us on a gut level and transforms our emotional response to a story. Come learn from a master how he approached designing scenes for Brave.

Hosted by Berkeley City College Multimedia Arts. Visit the Multimeda Arts website. Berkeley City College is located at 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley, a half block from the downtown Berkeley BART Station.


Flyer for EJ Holowicki Event



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Reception for BCC Student Art Show: Thurs., Nov. 20, Jerry Adams Gallery 6-8 pm

30 October 2014

You are cordially invited to join us in celebrating our student artists in the Student Show, Fall 2014. The reception will be held on Thursday, Nov 20 in the Jerry Adams Gallery from 6 to 8 PM. Their work will be exhibited from Nov. 15 to Jan. 23.


Flyer for Student Show Fall 2014


BCC Student Art show, Reception: November 20, 2014

Artists include:

Pearl Jones Tranter

Carole Witten

Gerardo Mendez

Koina Freeman

Zohra Kalinkowitz

Bee Marrone

Christine Pillazo

Irene Boncato

Monique Boyd

Nicholas Chen

Tom Fosse



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Documentary Film: Noho Hewa, and Q&A with Film Maker Anne Keala Kelly – Fri., Nov. 21, 6:30-9 pm

29 October 2014

Learn about the unique history of Hawaii and meet film maker Anne Keala Kelly on Friday, November 21, from 6:30 – 9:00 pm in the BCC Auditorium, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley. This event is sponsored by the Art and Cultural Studies Department and the Global Studies Program.  Admission is free. See the film flyer here.


For more information, contact Joan Berezin,, and visit the Noho Hewa film website.





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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

23 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 a featured article on the front page of the New York Times in 2012.

Visit the Science Seminar Series website for more information.



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Health Fair Presented by BCC’s Health Ed Students on Tues., Oct. 28, 11 am – 1:30 pm, Atrium

22 October 2014

Tuesday, October 28th from 11:00 – 1:30 pm, the Health Ed students are presenting their Health Fair in the Berkeley City College Atrium, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley.


Join us for fantastic information and confirmed attendance by Covered California, Berkeley Builds Capacity, Acupuncture and  Integrative Medicine College, AIDS Project of the East Bay, Planned Parenthood, and of course, the Peralta Wellness Center.


Visit the Public & Health Services website for information about the program, or contact Stephanie Sanders-Badt, Coordinator, Public and Human Services Program, at



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