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

11 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.



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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!


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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

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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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Nobel Prize Winner Randy Schekman, Ph.D., Presents “Cell Membranes, Cell Secretion and Their Connection to Human Diseases” at BCC @ 7 p.m., Wed., Oct. 8

24 September 2014

Dr. Randy Schekman

Dr. Randy Schekman, Nobel Prize Winner 2013

2013 Nobel Prize winner Randy Schekman, Ph.D. will present “Cell Membranes, Cell Secretion and their Connection to Human Diseases,” 7-8 p.m., Wed., Oct. 8 at Berkeley City College’s auditorium, 2050 Center St. The free and open to the public event is sponsored by the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine and Berkeley City College’s Biotechnology Program. Dr. Shekman is a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley.


Dr. Schekman, who shared the 2013 Nobel Prize in Medicine with Dr. Thomas Sudhof and Dr. James Rothman, will present how different cellular proteins “read” molecular signposts to find their way inside or outside of a cell. For 30 years, Dr. Schekman has studied membrane-bound sacs, or vesicles, as they move within a cell. Using a brilliantly conceived genetic screen, he established biochemical reactions that reproduced specific secretory pathways and isolated the first purified inter-organelle transport vesicles.


Dr. Schekman is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a recipient of the Eli Lilly Award in microbiology and immunology; the Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award in basic biomedical science; the Gairdner International Award; the Amgen Award of the Protein Society; the Albert Lasker Award in Basic Medical Research; and the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize of Columbia University. In 2013, Dr. Schekman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine jointly with Thomas Südhof and James Rothman for their contributions to understanding vesicle trafficking.



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Transfer Day at BCC ~ Mon., Oct. 6 ~ 10 am – 1 pm, Atrium

24 September 2014


Monday, October 6, 2014 from
10am – 1pm in the BCC Atrium


Come meet representatives from over 40 colleges and universities. Ask about the academic programs they offer, student life, financial aid opportunities—anything you’re curious about! This information and recruitment event is for you. Download the Transfer Day Flyer here or click on the image below view it:


BCC Transfer Day Flyer

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Questions? visit the transfer center, room 243, call 981-2811, or email center coordinator Paula Coil:


Confirmed Participants (as of 9/25/2014):

  • American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College
  • American Musical and Dramatic Academy, College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts
  • Argosy University
  • Associated Students of Berkeley City College & Berkeley City College Service Community
  • Berkeley City College Counseling Department & Transfer/Career Information Center
  • Brandman University
  • California College of the Arts
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
  • California State University, East Bay
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, Northridge
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Colorado State University
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Columbia University, School of General Studies (1:30pm info session in room 243, Transfer Center)
  • Destination Law School, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Dominican University of California
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandizing, San Francisco
  • Golden Gate University
  • Holy Names University
  • Humboldt State University
  • Mills College
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • National University
  • NewSchool of Architecture & Design
  • Notre dame de Namur University
  • Palo Alto University
  • Prescott College
  • Saint Mary’s College of California
  • Samuel Merritt College
  • San Francisco Art Institute
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State University
  • Sierra Nevada College
  • Southern Oregon University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Berkeley & UC Berkeley Summer Sessions, Study Abroad & Lifelong Learning
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles (1:30pm info session in 2nd floor Counseling Lobby)
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of Phoenix
  • University of San Francisco
  • Walden University
  • Woodbury University


TRANSFER DAYS at Peralta Sister Colleges:
College of Alameda Thursday, 10/09/14
Merritt College Monday, 10/13/14
Laney College Tuesday, 10/14/14



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BCC Veteran Center Open House on Wed., Oct. 8, from 11 am – 2 pm, Rm. 202 on BCC South Campus

23 September 2014

To honor Veteran students at BCC and to support a state-wide effort in appreciating all Veterans’ contribution to the U.S. (please see the message from the State Chancellor’s Office below), BCC has established a Veteran Center located on our South Campus. All BCC Veteran students and staff would like to invite you all to the Open House:


When: Wednesday, 10/8/14, 11 am – 2 pm

Location: Room 202, South Campus, 2070 Allston Way (see map below)


From the State Chancellor’s Office:

“The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges, and the Foundation for California Community Colleges invites the submission of session proposals for the 2014 Veterans Summit. Summit sessions should be designed to share information and best practices for faculty, administrators and staff who work with student veterans at our colleges. Examples of past sessions include VA benefits and education plans, creating Veterans Resource Centers, women veterans, academic counseling, best practices in serving student veterans, mental health issues confronting veterans and accessing resources.”


We’d like to thank:


Dr. Debbie Budd’s leadership,

Karen Weinstein, one of BCC donor’s effort and interest in supporting BCC Veterans,

Shirley Slaughter, Carlos Cortez, Antonio Barreiro, Vincent Koo’s time and effort in making South Campus a pleasant location for the entire BCC community,

Amy Herrera and Jennifer Lenahan’ s tireless services provided to our Veteran students, and

The entire BCC faculty and staff who open their arms to Veterans coming to BCC for education after serving our country.


Please mark your calendar and join us!!!


South Campus Location:


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