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Kimberly Bryant, American Ingenuity Award Winner, Speaks on “Black Girls CODE,” 6:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 24, in BCC’s auditorium

1 February 2016

Kimberly BryantKimberly Bryant, Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award Winner and tech education pioneer, will speak on “Black Girls CODE,” 6:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 24, in BCC’s auditorium.  The presentation is free and open to the public but seating is limited.  You can reserve tickets at: https://www.msri.org/general_events/21817

 

Ms. Bryant, founder and executive director of Black Girls CODE, has worked to empower girls of color to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. Her talk is part of the “Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics” series of 2015-16 public lectures, which are jointly presented by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI).  They are made possible by funding from the Simons Foundation.

 

Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts,  has set out to prove to the world that girls of every color have the skills to become the programmers of tomorrow.

 

Ms. Bryant’s 25+ year career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries was spent as an engineering manager in technical leadership roles for various Fortune 100 companies, including Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer.   Since 2011, she has helped Black Girls CODE grow from a local organization serving only the Bay Area, to an international organization with seven chapters across the United States and in Johannesburg, South Africa.  In 2013, she was on Business Insider’s list of “The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology” and was named to The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100 lists.

 

In 2013, she was invited to the White House as a Champion of Change for her work in tech inclusion and for her focus on bridging the digital divide for girls of color.  In 2014, she received an American Ingenuity Award in Social Progress from the Smithsonian Institution and was presented with the Inaugural Women Who Rule Award in Technology via Politico.  She has been identified as a thought leader in the area of tech inclusion and has spoken on the topic at events such as Personal Democracy Forum, TedX Kansas City, Platform Summit, Big Ideas Festival and many others.

 

 

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MSRI/BCC presents “To Infinity and Beyond: The Math and Science Behind Pixar Films”, 6:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 21 at BCC

15 October 2015

Pixar’s Danielle Feinberg presents, “To Infinity and Beyond: The Math and Science Behind Pixar Films”, 6:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 21 at Berkeley City College’s Auditorium

 

“To Infinity and Beyond: The Math and Science Behind Pixar Films”, presented by Danielle Feinberg, director of photography for lighting at Pixar Studios, 6:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 21 will examine a series of problems faced while making various Pixar films and how Pixar Animation Scientists use math and science to save the day! The free and open to the public presentation takes place at Berkeley City College’s auditorium, 2050 Center St. between Shattuck Ave. & Milvia Sts. The presentation is free and open to the public but you must reserve your space by visiting http://www.msri.org/general_events/21558

 

Danielle FeinbergMs. Feinberg began her career at Pixar Animation Studios in February 1997 on the feature film A Bug’s Life. She quickly discovered her love for lighting and went on to light on many of Pixar’s feature films including Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., the Academy Award®-winning Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and WALL•E. Most recently, Feinberg completed work as the Director of Photography for Lighting on Disney•Pixar’s Academy Award®-winning Brave, and is now working on a future Pixar film.

 

Ms. Feinberg’s love of combining computers and art began she was eight years old, and first programmed a Logo turtle to create images. This eventually led her to a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Harvard University. Now, in addition to her Pixar work, she works with teenage girls, encouraging them to pursue code, math and science by demonstrating to them the same beautiful simplicity she found with the programmed art of the Logo turtle.

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Science Seminar Series with Dr. Floyd Romesberg: A Semi-Synthetic Organism with an Expanded Genetic Alphabet on Wed., May 13, 6-7 pm, Auditorium

6 May 2015

Dr. Floyd RomesbergFloyd Romesberg, Ph.D., presents A Semi-Synthetic Organism with an Expanded Genetic Alphabet at Berkeley City College on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 6 – 7 pm in the Auditorium. A reception will be held from 5:30 – 6 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Berkeley City College is located at 2050 Center St., downtown Berkeley, a half block from the Berkeley BART Station.

 

An expanded DNA alphabet in a reproducing life form has been a major scientific breakthrough. Dr. Romesberg’s team created an E. coli bacterium with four natural (A, T, C, G) and two unnatural (X, Y) DNA bases that was widely considered impossible.

 

Dr. Romesberg is Professor of Chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute and serves as Principal Scientific Founder and Advisor fo Synthorx, Inc. He is the recipient of multiple academic awards, including American Chemistry Society Nobel Laureate Signature Award, the National Science Foundation Career Award and the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Award. Dr. Romesberg received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cornell University.

 

The Berkeley City College Science Seminar Series is sponsored by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Berkeley City College.

 

For more information about Berkeley City College’s Biotechnology Program, please visit the Science Lecture Series website and also the Biotechnology website. This science lecture flyer is provided below.

Science Lecture Flyer for Dr. Floyd Romesberg

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BCC-Simons Institute-MSRI Lecture: CRYPTOGRAPHY: From Mathematical Magic to Secure Communication, Wed., April 29, 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

17 April 2015

Please join Berkeley City College as it hosts the Simons Institute’s Theoretically Speaking Lecture—Cryptography: From Mathematical Magic to Secure Communication.

 

Date:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

 

Location: 

Berkeley City College Auditorium: 2050 Center Street, between Shattuck Ave. & Milvia St., in Berkeley (near the Downtown Berkeley BART station)

 

Lecture Information:

Cryptography, the science of communicating securely, is used by billions of people to protect Internet traffic from prying eyes. It is also a vibrant area of research where new discoveries are made every year. This talk will explore the beautiful mechanisms that enable secure communication on the Internet and describe some recent results in the field. The talk will be self-contained and accessible to a broad audience from high school students to experts in the field. Light refreshments will be served before the lecture, at 5:30 p.m.; we advise all guests to arrive by 5:45 p.m.; the lecture will begin promptly at 6 p.m. For more information, go to: http://simons.berkeley.edu/events/theoretically-speaking-dan-boneh

 

Speaker:

Dan BonehDan Boneh is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University where he heads the applied cryptography group. Dr. Boneh’s research focuses on applications of cryptography to computer security. His work includes cryptosystems with novel properties, security for mobile devices, web security, and cryptanalysis. He is the author of over a hundred publications in the field and is a recipient of the Gödel Prize, the Packard Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Award, the RSA award in mathematics, the Ishii award for industry education innovation and five best paper awards. Most recently he was awarded the 2014 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computing Sciences.

 

Theoretically Speaking Series:

A new lecture series highlighting exciting advances in theoretical computer science. These events are intended for a general audience; no special background is assumed. Theoretically Speaking is produced by the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, with sponsorship from the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and Berkeley City College. These presentations are supported in part by an award from the Simons Foundation.

 

Register to attend:

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so you must register to guarantee your seat in the auditorium: http://simons.berkeley.edu/events/theoretically-speaking-dan-boneh-register

 

Seating is not assigned; doors open at 5:30 p.m. For questions about registration please contact Zdeni Amadio at +1.510.664.4035 or simonsevents@berkeley.edu

 

 

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S.T.E.M. Careers Talk – Bioremediation: Using Microbes to Treat Our Wastewater – Tues., Mar. 17 at 12:15 – 1 pm, Rm 431

4 March 2015

The second S.T.E.M Careers Talk will be on Tuesday, March 17, from 12:15 – 1 pm in Room 431. The topic of discussion will be Bioremediation: Using Microbes to Treat Our Wastewater. The series is hosted by Jennifer Hiras, Ph.D., and presented by the Science and Biotechnology Department during College hour.

 

Other S.T.E.M Career talks take place in March and April, and explores Biofuels (March 3), Bioremediation (March 17), Coding and Big Data (April 7), and Climate Change (April 21) just in time for Earth Day. Don’t miss these exciting talks. Click on the image below to read the flyer on S.T.E.M. Careers Talks:

 

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S.T.E.M. Careers Lunch Talk on Biofuels: Sustainable Energy from Natural Resources, March 3, Tues., 12:15 – 1 pm in Rm 431:

28 February 2015

The first S.T.E.M Careers Talk on Tuesday, March 3, from 12:15 – 1 pm in Room 431, will be on the topic of Biofuels: Sustainable Energy from Natural Resources. The new series is hosted by Jennifer Hiras, Ph.D., and presented by the Science and Biotechnology Department during College hour.

 

Other S.T.E.M Career talks take place in March and April, and will explore Bioremediation (March 17), Coding and Big Data (April 7), and Climate Change (April 21) just in time for Earth Day. Don’t miss these exciting talks. Click on the image below to read the flyer on S.T.E.M. Careers Talks:

 

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“Mentholated Tobacco Products: How the African-American Community is Targeted” – Wed., Mar. 4, Atrium, 12:15 – 1:15 pm

25 February 2015

Dr. Gardiner“Mentholated Tobacco Products: How the African-American Community is Targeted” takes place 12:15-1:15 p.m., Wed., Mar. 4, in Berkeley City College’s atrium at 2050 Center St., Berkeley. The presentation by Dr. Phillip Gardiner, co-chair of the African-American Tobacco Control Leadership Council, is free and open to the public. It will highlight racial disparities in tobacco industry target marketing and in U.S. health care. The event is sponsored by the California Department of Health’s Tobacco Control Program and Berkeley City College’s Public and Human Services Program. Reception: 11:45 am – 12:15 pm.

 

Dr. Gardiner is a public health activist, administrator, evaluator and researcher. Throughout his career, he has actively addressed racial disparities in health, through writing, organizing, evaluating and public speaking. For the past 25 years, he has engaged in studies which address hypertension, multiculturalism, AIDS, breast cancer, prostate cancer, diabetes and smoking. For the past 15 years, Dr. Gardiner has lectured around the United States on African-American health disparities, including menthol smoking in the Black Community.

 

Dr. Gardiner received his doctorate in behavioral sciences from UC Berkeley, where he focused on youth violence as a public health issue.

 

For details, contact Stephanie Sanders-Badt at ssanders-badt@peralta.edu.

 

 

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Join pioneering Internet access innovator Brewster Kahle for MSRI/BCC’s “Toward Universal Access to All Knowledge,” 7-8:15 p.m., Wed., Mar. 18

23 February 2015

Brewster Kahle“Toward Universal Access to All Knowledge” presented by pioneering Internet access innovator Brewster Kahle, takes place 7-8:15 p.m., Wed., Mar. 18, in Berkeley City College’s auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public. Reserve your free tickets at https://www.msri.org/general_events/20845. A ticket is required for admission to the auditorium.

 

Mr. Kahle will focus on the questions: Will we allow ourselves to re-invent our concept of libraries to expand and to use the new technologies? Can we make all the published works of humankind accessible to everyone, no matter where they are in the world.

 

Advances in computing and communications mean that we can cost-effectively store every book, sound recording, movie, software package, and public web page ever created, and provide access to these collections via the Internet to students and adults all over the world. By using existing institutions and funding sources, we can build this as well as compensate authors within the current worldwide library budget.

 

A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Mr. Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: Universal Access to All Knowledge. Soon after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he helped found the company Thinking Machines, a supercomputer maker. In 1989, Mr. Kahle created the Internet’s first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS) and established WAIS, Inc. He also founded the Internet Archive, one of the largest digital libraries in the world. With a staff of nearly 150, and 100 partnering libraries, the organization is working to create an online catalog of every book ever created.

 

Mr. Kahle received a B.S. in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Mary Austin, started The Kahle/Austin Foundation, which supports the Internet Archive along with other non-profit organizations with similar goals. Mr. Kahle also founded Open Content Alliance, a group of organizations contributing to a permanent, publicly accessible archive of digitized texts. He is a member of the Internet Hall of Fame, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Engineering and serves on the boards of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, the European Archive, and the Television Archive. He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from Simmons College and an honorary doctorate in Law from the University of Alberta.

 

His 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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