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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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Film Screening: “Daughters of the Dust”, Julie Dash’s Award-winning 1991 Film on Tues., Oct. 28, 6 – 9 pm, Auditorium

22 October 2014

Join BCC Humanities students and professors for a screening of Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash’s award-winning 1991 film.


Tuesday Oct, 28th, 6-9 pm in the BCC Auditorium (ground floor). Free and open to all!


Justin Gomer (American Studies, UC Berkeley) and Cynthia Brannvall (Arts and Cultural Studies, BCC) will introduce the film; a Q & A discussion will follow the screening.


Synopsis of the film:
At the turn of the century, West African slaves were brought to a small island near South Carolina to labor in the indigo trade. Isolated in the swampy atmosphere, the Gullah community was built based on ancient Yoruba traditions. They spoke in a distinct dialect, a combination of English and West African languages. This unique community is explored in Julie Dash’s debut feature Daughters of the Dust, a costume drama about the Peazant family, a fictional group of Gullah natives living on Ido Landing. The secluded family experiences conflicts surrounding religion, industrialization, and tradition. The mystical matriarch Nana (Cora Lee Day) holds true to the beliefs of their ancestors, while Haagar (Kaycee Moore) can’t wait to move away. Yellow Mary (Barbara O) returns from a life as a prostitute in Cuba with her girlfriend, and gets morally attacked by the reformed Christian Viola (Cheryl Lynn Bruce). Meanwhile, indifferent Eula (Alva Rogers) is pregnant with a baby that may or may not be the result of a rape. While the story doesn’t attempt to follow a standard Eurocentric narrative, the plot revolves around a picnic on the shore in honor of the family members who chose to move to the prosperity of the north. The narrator is a spirit called the Unborn Child, who appears sometimes as a rambunctious little girl. A photographer accompanies the group to capture the events on film. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

IMDB link:

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BCC Food Festival Wed. Oct. 29, 12 Noon – 1:30 pm, Atrium

22 October 2014

Food festival at BCC.  Sample food from local restaurants.  Get exclusive BCC discounts.

Oct. 29th from 12-1:30pm in the BCC Atrium.

Hosted by the BCC Business Advertisement Club.



Food Festival Flyer

Food Festival – 1000 Free Samples – October 29th, 12 – 1:30 pm at BCC Atrium

Best Restaurants in Berkeley

  • Sushi Secrets
  • El Burro Picante
  • Phil’s Sliders
  • BOBO Drinks
  • The Sandwich Spot
  • Season of Japan–Samples of Teriyaki chicken and Sushi roll
    Tamon Tea-Japanese rice bowl, Japanese sweet dumplings
    and MORE!


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Join Microsoft’s Dr. Cynthia Dwork for the “Latest Research in Online Privacy Issues” 7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 5 in BCC’s Auditorium

22 October 2014

Dr. Cynthia Dwork

Your Data will Only be Used in Aggregated Form,”  7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 5, a lecture by Microsoft’s Dr. Cynthia Dwork, will examine the latest issues in online privacy issues, including the common intuition that privacy is ensured by aggregation and show that information—and hence privacy loss—flows in mysterious ways.  The presentation, which is free and open to the public, takes place Berkeley City College’s auditorium at 2050 Center St., Berkeley.

Reserve your ticket at Find more presentation details at:


Arguing that the situation demands a mathematically rigorous treatment of privacy, the talk will introduce “differential privacy,” a field of research supporting a strong definition of privacy tailored to analysis of large data sets.


The presentation 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.



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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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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

Click to enlarge

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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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