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Last Science Seminar, Spring 2013: Howard Spero Speaks on “Our Changing Seas: Voyage to an Earth that No One Has Seen Before” – Thurs. May 9, 7 PM, BCC Auditorium

4 May 2013

Please join us for the last science seminar of the semester!

 

Dr. Howard SperoThis Thursday, May 9 at 7pm, Dr. Howard Spero will speak on ‘Our Changing Seas: Voyage to an Earth that No One Has Seen Before.’ The talk will run from 7–8pm in the Berkeley City College basement auditorium and include time for questions. The reception will begin at 6:30pm with light refreshments and Dr. Spero will be around to meet and talk to people before the lecture so please come have a cup of coffee and ask him all of your questions about climate change. View the flyer announcing Dr. Howard Spero’s presentation.

 

starHoward Spero, PhD, is a professor and Chairman of the Department of Geology at the University of California, Davis. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the California Academy of Sciences. Dr. Spero conducts research at the interface between living organisms and the fossil remains that are left behind in ocean sediment. His research group focuses on the calibration and development of geochemical tools to extract novel environmental information from the shells of marine fossils in order to reconstruct the history of Earth’s past climates and ocean circulation change. Dr. Spero has trained numerous graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and has authored more than 100 scientific publications in this research area.

 

The Science Seminar Series invites distinguished speakers from diverse areas of scientific research to speak about their fields. These talks are presented in conjunction with the Berkeley City College Science Club and sponsored in part by the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. All of the seminars are open to the public and have covered topics such as stem cell research potential and policy, the neuroscience of consciousness, energy policy and models of climate change.

 

Please see visit the BCC Science Seminar Series webpage (http://www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/science) for more information.

 

 

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Science Seminar: Christof Koch Speaks on “Big Neuroscience: Exploring the Mammalian NeoCortex in a High-Throughput Manner” – Thurs., May 2 at 7 PM

30 April 2013

Dr. Christof KochOn Thursday, May 2, Dr. Christof Koch will speak on ‘Big Neuroscience: Exploring the Mammalian NeoCortex in a High-Throughput Manner.’ The talk will run from 7:30–8:30pm in the Berkeley City College basement auditorium and include time for questions. The reception will begin at 7:00pm with light refreshments and Dr. Koch will be around to meet and talk to people before the lecture so please come have a cup of coffee and ask him all of your questions about consciousness.

 

Dr. Christof Koch is a regular contributor to Scientific American and is Chief Science Officer of the Allen Brain Institute (the brain-child of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen), which is poised to revolutionize the field of neuroscience. Koch is a remarkable science accommodator and his promises to be an excellent talk so please feel free to share this with anyone who might be interested. For a preview of the topics please see the links below.

• TED talk on the Allen Institute for Brain Science: http://www.ted.com/talks/allan_jones_a_map_of_the_brain.html
• Huffington Post article by Dr. Koch entitled Consciousness Is Everywhere: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christof-koch/consciousness-is-everywhere_b_1784047.html

 

Cortex is similar in size to two open human handsBorn in the American Midwest, Christof Koch grew up in Holland, Germany, Canada, and Morocco. He studied Physics and Philosophy at the University of Tübingen in Germany and was awarded his Ph.D. in Biophysics in 1982. After 4 years at MIT, he joined the California Institute of Technology as a Professor in Biology and Engineering. His research area is the biophysics of nerve cells, and the neuronal and computational basis of visual perception, attention, and consciousness. In 2011, he became the Chief Scientific Officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, where he leads a ten year, large-scale, high through-put effort to build brain observatories to map, analyze and understand the cerebral cortex. Together with his long-time collaborator, Francis Crick, Christof pioneered the scientific study of consciousness. His latest book is ‘Consciousness – Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist.’

 

The Science Seminar Series invites distinguished speakers from diverse areas of scientific research to speak about their fields. These talks are presented in conjunction with the Berkeley City College Science Club and sponsored in part by the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. All of the seminars are open to the public and have covered topics such as stem cell research potential and policy, the neuroscience of consciousness, energy policy and models of climate change. Berkeley City College is located at 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley, a half block from the Berkeley BART Station.

 

Please see the attached flyer or visit the BCC Science Seminar Series webpage (http://www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/science) for more information.

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Science Seminar: Bruce Ames on “Vitamin and Mineral Inadequacy Accelerates Aging- Associated Diseases” – Wed., April 24 at 7 PM

24 April 2013

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On Wednesday, April 24 at 7pm, Dr. Bruce Ames will speak on ‘Aging-Associated Diseases: The Role of Vitamins and Minerals.’ The talk will run from 7–8pm in the Berkeley City College basement auditorium and include time for questions. The reception will begin at 6:30pm with light refreshments and Dr. Ames will be around to meet and talk to people before the lecture so please come have a cup of coffee and speak to Dr. Ames about about all of your nutrition and aging related questions. View the flyer about the Bruce Ames Science Seminar here.

 

In this talk Dr. Bruce Ames, one of the most-cited scientists of all time, will explore the body of research on the effects of vitamin and mineral intake on age-associated diseases. Most of the world’s population, including that of the U.S., are moderately deficient in one or more of the ~30 essential vitamins and minerals. These V/M are necessary for the proper function of “longevity proteins,” which defend against the diseases associated with aging. Since the damage from moderate V/M deficiency is insidious, its importance for long-term health is not being appreciated. Theory and evidence suggest that metabolic trade-offs made during deficiencies accelerate aging-associated diseases, such as cancer, cognitive decline, and cardiovascular disease.

 

Dr. Ames is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, and a Senior Scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and he was on their Commission on Life Sciences. He was on the board of directors of the National Cancer Institute, the National Cancer Advisory Board, from 1976 to 1982. His many awards include the U.S. National Medal of Science.

 

The Science Seminar Series invites distinguished speakers from diverse areas of scientific research to speak about their fields. These talks are presented in conjunction with the Berkeley City College Science Club and sponsored in part by the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. All of the seminars are open to the public and have covered topics such as stem cell research potential and policy, the neuroscience of consciousness, energy policy and models of climate change.

 

Please see the attached flyer or visit the BCC Science Seminar Series webpage (http://www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/science) for more information. The Science Seminar Series invites distinguished speakers from diverse areas of scientific research to speak about their fields. All of the seminars are free and open to the public.

 

Please see the flyer on Science Seminars Spring 2013 or visit the BCC Science Seminar Series webpage (www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/science) for more information. All of the seminars are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

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Science Seminar: Kevin Padian on “How Did Dinosaurs Grow, and How Do We Know”, Wed., April 17

12 April 2013

On Wednesday, April 17 at 7pm, Dr. Kevin Padian will explore the question, ‘How did dinosaurs grow, and how do we know?’ As usual the talk will run from 7—8pm in the Berkeley City College basement auditorium and include time for questions. The reception will begin at 6:30pm with light refreshments and Dr. Padian will be around to meet and talk to people before the lecture begins so please come have a cup of coffee and speak to Dr. Padian about all of your evolution and archeology queries. View the flyer here.

 

padianKevin Padian has been a professor of evolutionary biology and a curator in paleontology at Berkeley for over 30 years. He is interested in how big changes get started in evolution, and in the history of thought about biology and evolution. A lot of his focus is on the age of dinosaurs, how dinosaurs evolved into birds, and how major adaptations such as flight evolve. He has authored, co-authored, or edited over 100 scientific articles, 100 popular articles, and seven books. For 16 years he was President of the National Center for Science Education, the pre-eminent organization that explains evolution and the nature of science to the public. In 2005 he was an expert witness in the Dover, Pennsylvania “Intelligent Design” trial. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the California Academy of Sciences; he was the recipient of the Carl Sagan Award for the Popularization of Science and was named Western Evolutionay Biologist of the Year in 2009.

 

Fossil Bird or Dinosaur?

The Science Seminar Series invites distinguished speakers from diverse areas of scientific research to speak about their fields. These talks are presented in conjunction with the Berkeley City College Science Club and sponsored in part by the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. All of the seminars are open to the public and have covered topics such as stem cell research potential and policy, the neuroscience of consciousness, energy policy and models of climate change.

 

 

 

Please visit the BCC Science Seminar Series webpage (http://www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/science/seminars) for more information.

 

 

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Science Seminar: Alex Filippenko on “Einstein’s Biggest Blunder? The Case for Antigravity”, Thurs., April 11, 7 pm

10 April 2013

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This Thursday at 7pm the renowned Alex Filippenko, PhD will be speaking on Einstein’s Biggest Blunder and the Case for Cosmic Antigravity. As usual the talk will be held in the BCC Auditorium and offer a light food and drink reception beginning at 6:30pm. Dr. Filippenko will be around to meet people and talk before the lecture begins so please feel encouraged to come have a cup of coffee and speak to Alex about all of your cosmic quandaries. You can see the  flyer Science Seminars Spring 2013 or visit the BCC Science Seminar Series webpage (www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/science) for more information. The Science Seminar Series invites distinguished speakers from diverse areas of scientific research to speak about their fields. All of the seminars are free and open to the public.

 

—About Alex Filippenko—

Alex Filippenko is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and one of the world’s most highly cited astronomers. He is the recipient of numerous prizes for his scientific research, and was the only person to have been a member of both teams that revealed the accelerating expansion of the Universe. This discovery was honored with the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics to the team leaders. Winner of the most prestigious teaching awards at UC Berkeley and voted the “Best Professor” on campus a record 9 times, he was named the National Professor of the Year in 2006. He has produced 5 astronomy video courses with The Great Courses, coauthored an award-winning astronomy textbook, and appears in about 100 TV documentaries. In 2004, he was awarded the Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization.

 

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Science Seminar: Kevin Stone on Biologic Joint Replacement, Thurs. April 4 at 7 PM, BCC Auditorium

20 March 2013

Dr. Kevin StoneThe Berkeley City College Science Department is continuing the Science Seminar Series this semester by inviting distinguished speakers from diverse areas of scientific research to speak about their fields. The next lecture will be Thursday, April 4 at 7pm featuring Dr. Kevin Stone speaking on biologic joint replacement. Please see the attached flyer or visit the BCC Science Seminar Series webpage (www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/science) for more information. All of the seminars are free and open to the public.

 

 

—Biologic Joint Replacement: The Future of Joint Replacement Surgery—

 

Kevin R Stone, MD, is an Orthopedic Surgeon at The Stone Clinic and Chairman of the Stone Research Foundation in San Francisco. The Clinic treats athletes and people with arthritis and focuses on knee and shoulder injuries. The Foundation conducts research on advanced surgical techniques and tissue regeneration for orthopedic sports medicine. These efforts have led to improvements in cartilage replacement and regeneration, cruciate ligament repair and reconstruction, and techniques to prevent osteoarthritic degeneration. Dr. Stone has lectured around the world as an expert in cartilage and meniscal growth, replacement, and repair. He holds approximately 50 U.S. patents on novel inventions to improve healthcare.

 

joint-structureDr. Stone is the co-founder of ReGen Biologics, a publicly traded medical device company focused on meniscus regeneration. He is the Founder of Aperion Biologics, Inc, (formerly CrossCart, Inc) a venture capital funded medical device xenotransplantation company. Aperion has developed a technique for removing the antigens from pig tissues so they may be used in humans. The first xenograft device for reconstruction of ruptured cruciate ligaments (ACLs) has received FDA approval for human clinical trials. Dr. Stone is the Founder and Chairman of Joint Juice, Inc, a San Francisco-based nutraceutical beverage company. Joint Juice is the first beverage with a full day’s supply of glucosamine which is proven to reduce pain, act as an anti-inflammatory, and aid in cartilage repair without side effects. Joint Juice gained wide national distribution at Costco, Sam’s Club, Walgreens, and Wal-Mart after its first year of launch and is now the widest distributed supplement in America. Dr. Stone also founded Rescue Reel, Inc, which received the Popular Science Ten Best Inventions of the Year Award in 2009. Rescue Reel is the first successful personal escape device to permit people to escape buildings up to 100 stories.

 

Dr. Stone is a physician for Smuin Ballet. He has served as a physician for the U.S. Ski Team, the U.S. Pro Ski Tour, the Honda Ski Tour, The Jeep 48 Straight Tour, the Old Blues Rugby Club, Lawrence Pech Dance Company, Marin Ballet, the modern pentathlon at the U.S. Olympic Festival, and for the United States Olympic Training Center. He was trained at Harvard in internal medicine and orthopedic surgery and Stanford in general surgery. His fellowship was in research at the Hospital for Special Surgery and in knee surgery in Lake Tahoe.

 

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Science Seminar: David Schaffer on Engineering Neural Stem Cells, Thurs. March 14, 6:30 – 8 PM, BCC Auditorium

12 March 2013

 

Dr. David SchafferThe Berkeley City College Science Department is continuing the Science Seminar Series this semester by inviting distinguished speakers from diverse areas of scientific research to speak about their fields. The first lecture will be this Thursday, March 14 at 7pm, featuring Dr. David Schaffer.

 

—Elucidating and Engineering Adult Neural Stem Cell Function and Fate—

David Schaffer applies engineering principles to enhance stem cell and gene therapy approaches for neuroregeneration. He was named a Technology Review Top 100 Innovator and his work includes developing new technologies to enable mechanistic investigation of stem cell control. He is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Bioengineering, and Neuroscience at University of California, Berkeley, where he also serves as the Director of the Berkeley Stem Cell Center. He graduated from Stanford University with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering, earned a PhD at MIT and did a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Fred Gage at the Salk before moving to UC Berkeley in 1999.

Please see the attached flyer or visit the BCC Science Seminar Series webpage (http://www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/science) for more information. These talks are presented in conjunction with the Berkeley City College Science Club. All of the seminars are free and open to the public.

All questions regarding the event should be directed to:

Dae Houlihan
BCC Biotechnology Program
510.213.8483
namadae@gmail.com

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