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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.



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



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:



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:


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



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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



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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 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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Dr. Lipi Ghosh, visiting Fulbright Fellow, Speaks on Development of Education in South and South East Asia, 6-8 p.m., NEW Location: Main Campus Rm 311, Mon., Mar. 23

22 February 2015

Dr. Lipi Ghosh

“Development of Education in South and South East Asia-Glimpses from India, Myanmar and Thailand” will be presented by Dr. Lipi Ghosh, visiting Fulbright Academic and Professional Excellence Fellow from University of Calcutta, India, 6-8 p.m., Mon., Mar. 23. It will take place at BCC, 2050 Center St., Rm. 311 and is part of Dr. Loretta Kane’s Education 197 class. Contact Dr. Laura Ruberto at for details.

Dr. Ghosh will introduce students to her work with minority cultures in India, Thailand and Myanmar, and the educational systems in those countries. She is presently is affiliated with California State University, Sacramento.

Dr. Laura Ruberto, co-chair of BCC’s Arts and Cultural Studies Dept., who is a Fulbright alumna and represents that program at BCC, was invited to apply for a Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Funds grant to bring a scholar and lecturer to Berkeley City College for a brief visit. Dr. Ruberto’s grant was funded and resulted in Dr. Ghosh’s visit to BCC.

The Outreach Lecturing Fund (OLF) allows Fulbright Visiting Scholars who are currently in the United States to travel to other higher education institutions across the country. Each year some 800 faculty and professionals from around the world receive Fulbright Scholar grants for advanced research and university lecturing. The purpose of the OLF is to allow these scholars to share their specific research interests, speak on the history and culture of their home country, exchange ideas with U.S. students, faculty and community organizations, become better acquainted with U.S. higher education, and create linkages between their home and host institutions and CIES.

You can find out more about this program at

More information about Dr. Lipi Ghosh at



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A conversation about outsourcing education, higher education culture and adjunctivism

6 May 2014

#BCCAgora – Conference 1

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A conversation about outsourcing education, higher education culture and adjunctivism.

Saturday, May 10th from 9:00 am to noon –
Berkeley City College, room 431
2050 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

There have been numerous conversations in the last few decades about the neoliberalization of higher education and how colleges and university are increasingly being conceived as needing to adhere to the parameters of private sector business and market values. Even if the actions, paradigms and goals of educational leaders and institutions are not directed specifically towards the privatization of this area of public services; nevertheless, they manage educational institutions as if they were, or should be, run according to the models of private businesses. An example of this is the ever-increasing emphasis on productivity, budget constraints and the massification of education. In the case of this last development, illustrated by last year’s obsession with MOOCs, it is interesting to note that most of the conversations about MOOCs did not focus on the idea of open education but rather on using them in ways that could serve the greatest amount of students with the fewest resources. Furthermore, more and more corporations are directly or indirectly influencing curriculum, for example, through research and materials produced by textbook giants. Another example of this corporate influence can be found in the use of consultants to outsource critical operations of the educational institutions such as technology and assessment. At the same time, perhaps because of the focus on economic productivity, another phenomenon that has become predominant in the last two decades is the precarization of instruction in the form of adjunctivism. In this short conference/conversation we will discuss these issues and debate the possibilities and consequences of conceiving higher educational institutions that conform to the parameters of the private business model.

Conference Schedule (3 panels)

8:45-9:10 Reception, coffee, etc.

9:10-10  / Panel 1: Invited Speaker: Audrey Watters


Audrey Watters is a writer who’s worked in the education field for the past 15 years: as a graduate student, college instructor, and program manager for an ed-tech non-profit. Although two chapters into her Comparative Literature dissertation, Audrey decided to abandon academia, and she now happily fulfills the one job recommended by a junior high aptitude test: freelance writer. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Edutopia, MindShift, Fast Company, Inside Higher Ed, The School Library Journal, O’Reilly Radar, ReadWriteWeb, Campus Technology, and The Huffington Post, in addition to her own blog Hack Education. She is the editor and lead writer for Educating Modern Learners, and she is also currently working on a book called Teaching Machines, due out in 2014.

10:10-11 / Panel 2 following Audrey’s presentation a discussion about outsourcing education and higher education culture

  • Miguel A . Altieri  UC Berkeley
  • Rich Copenhagen former President of the Student Senate for California Community Colleges.
  • Matthew M. Goldstein, Laney College and President of the Peralta Federation of Teachers
  • Abel J. Guillén, President of The Peralta Community College District Governing Board.
  • José M. Ortiz, Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District
  • Cleavon Smith, Berkeley City College and President of the Faculty Senate
  • Karolyn van Putten, Laney College and District Academic Senate president

11:10-noon / Panel discussion about adjunctivism.

Facilitators of the event: Fabián Banga and Justin Hoffman (Berkeley City College)

If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this program/event, please contact the DSPS office. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

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Dr. Inez Fung Presents “How to Use Data and Climate Models to Measure and Verify Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions” on Wed., Nov. 6, @ 7pm, BCC Auditorium

30 October 2013

Dr. Inez FungAs international, national and local targets for greenhouse gas emissions are discussed and implemented, how well do we know if the targets are being met?


MSRI and Berkeley City College will host “Verifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” 7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 6, with Dr. Inez Fung, in Berkeley City College’s auditorium, 2050 Center St., Berkeley. The lecture is part of “Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics” series of lectures sponsored by the Simons Foundation ( and co-presented by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and Berkeley City College. Dr. Fung will demonstrate how data assimilation techniques merge observations with climate change models to test similarity between “bottom-up” reported emissions and “top-down” estimates inferred from their atmospheric signatures. The presentation is free and open to the public.


Please note that seating in the auditorium is limited and you must present a ticket at the door to ensure your admission. Please RSVP to obtain your ticket: go to


Dr. Fung is professor of atmospheric science in UC Berkeley’s earth and planetary science and environmental science, policy and management departments. She has studied climate change for 20 years and has created large-scale mathematical modeling approaches and numerical models to represent the geographic and temporal variations of CO2sources, dust and other trace substances around the globe. She leads the HydroWatch Project, a multidisciplinary endeavor in one of UC’s Natural Reserves which uses cutting-edge technology to track the life-cycle of water. She also is on the science team of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, a new satellite that will measure the abundance of CO2 over the earth.


Dr. Fung received a bachelor of science degree in applied mathematics and a doctorate in meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1998 as the first Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences. She is founding director of the Berkeley Atmospheric Sciences Center and of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment.


In 2005, Dr. Fung was named one the “Scientific American 50” and in 2006 received the World Technology Network Award for the Environment. She is a contributing author to the IPCC (spell out IPCC) Assessment Reports, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Vice President Al Gore.


All remaining MSRI-BCC lectures will take place at 7 p.m., Wednesdays in BCC’s auditorium, 2050 Center St. between Shattuck Ave. and Milvia St., on Feb. 12, Mar. 12, and Apr. 9. For details about lecturers and the series, please visit



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