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BCC Science Seminar Series – Jennifer Doudna on “Rewriting the Language of Life: Impacts and Challenges of DNA Editing” on Feb. 23, 7-8 pm

6 February 2017

Join us for a very special evening and presentation with Professor Jennifer Doudna @ BCC. Dr. Doudna will speak on the impacts and challenges of DNA editing.

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BCC Science Seminar Series: Inspiration from Mussels, Tea, Wine, and Chocolate – Presented by Dr. Phillip Messersmith on Nov. 9 @ 7pm

26 October 2016

On, Wednesday, November 9 at 7pm, Berkeley City College Science Department will host Dr. Phillip Messersmith, a University of California bioengineering professor, presenting


Biological Polyphenols as Advanced Materials: Inspiration from Mussels, Tea, Wine, and Chocolate


The field of Bioinspired Materials focuses on fundamental understanding of natural materials and uses this understanding to engineer new “bioinspired” artificial materials for diverse applications. The links below will give you a good idea about Phillip Messersmith’s research:


Please see the event flyer below for more details.

Messermith Flyer

All of the seminars are free and open to the public. The reception starts at 6:30 pm.


This lecture series is put on by the BCC Science/Biotechnology department as a component of a grant we received from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Since spring 2012 more than twenty guests spoke about the latest discoveries and progress in biology, biotechnology, physics and medicine:


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S.T.E.M. Careers Lunch Talks – Dae Sean Houlihan Presents “Minds that care about other minds” on Thurs., Oct. 13, @ 12:30 pm, Rm 431

4 October 2016

Dae Sean Houlihan presents “Minds that care about other minds: the emotional content of moral cognition” on Thursday, October 13, 2016, from 12:30 to 1:15 pm, in Room 431, at Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley.


Dae Sean HoulihanDae Sean Houlihan is a PhD student in the Cognitive Science Program at MIT.


Dae is a former BCC student, CIRM intern and instructional aid in the Science Department. As a PhD student in MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department he is investigating the neuroscience of meditation, peak performance, and cognitive control. His work includes building fMRI and EEG brain–computer interfaces to facilitate the training of cognitive faculties associated with meditation, attention and emotion regulation. There is a hope that these types of neurofeedback can help people struggling with cognitive maladies such as addiction.


View the presentation flyer below:

Dae Sean Houlihan Flyer

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Fall 2016 Science Seminar Series – Wed., 9/28 @ 7 pm: Dr. Matthias Hebrok Presents “Generating Functional Human beta-Cells from Stem Cells”

28 September 2016

Diabetes is one of the most widespread non-communicable diseases in the world. Join us as Dr. Matthias Hebrok presents his research on diabetes studies, prevention, treatment, and management on Wednesday, September 28, from 7 – 8 pm in the BCC Auditorium.


Dr. Matthias HebrokDr. Matthias Hebrok is the Hurlbut-Johnson Distinguished Professor in Diabetes Research and Director of the UCSF Diabetes Center.


Dr. Hebrok will speak on “Generating Functional Human beta-Cells from Stem Cells: an odyssey is nearing its end” on Wednesday, September 28, from 7 – 8 pm, in the Auditorium of Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley, a half-block from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station.


Please see the Science Seminar flyer below or visit the Science Department website for more details about the event.

Matthias Hebrok flyer


All of the seminars are free and open to the public. The Berkeley City College Science Seminar Series is sponsored by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and the Peralta Community College District.

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S.T.E.M Careers Lunch Talk: What is Berkeley Doing About Climate Change? – Wed., May 4 @ 12:30 pm, Rm 431

2 May 2016

Interested in clean energy and urban resilience? Come learn about the City of Berkeley’s climate action and how you can contribute!

Join us for a presentation by Katie Van Dyke and Sarah Moore of the Office of Energy and Sustainable Development, City of Berkeley, on Wednesday, May 4, from 12:30 – 1:15 pm in Room 431.

Katie Van Dyke and Sarah Moore work to implement Berkeley’s Climate Action Plan, the community’s blueprint for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. They’ll explain how and why they track these emissions and what Berkeley is doing to reduce greenhouse gases and to prepare its residents, students, and businesses for the impacts of climate change.

View the climate change announcement below:


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Spring 2016 Science Seminar Series: Innumerable Globes Like This One? – Dr. Tori Hoehler, Thurs., April 28, from 7 – 8 pm

24 April 2016

Is there life beyond our solar system? The Berkeley City College Biotechnology Program invites you to a fascinating presentation by Tori Hoehler, Ph.D., to explore  “Innumerable Globes Like This One?” on Thursday, April 28, from 7 – 8 PM in the BCC Auditorium. Reception from 6:30 – 7 PM. The event is free and open to the public.


OCloseup of a satellite in orbitur galaxy probably hosts billions of planetary systems. How many of those globes are “like this one” and how can we determine whether life has taken hold there? What is the science of searching for life beyond our solar system and how will we seek evidence of inhabited worlds in the future?


Dr. Tori HoehlerTori Hoehler is a Research Scientist in the Space Sciences and Astrobiologyy Division of NASA Ames Research Center. He was part of the Mars Curiosity Rover science team and NASA’s new Europa Multiple Flyby Mission science plannign team. He is a recipient of the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow, a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, and was the American Geophysical Union’s 2009 Carl Sagan Lecturer.


View the seminar announcement below:

Seminar Announcement


CIRM logo and the Berkeley City College Biotechnology Program

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S.T.E.M. Caeers Lunch Talk: The Road to Environmental Engineering ~ My Role in the Water Crisis by Dr. Jessica Ray on Thurs., April 7, 12:30 pm, Rm 431

1 April 2016

Dr. Jessica RayThe  next S.T.E.M. careers lunch talk speaker is Jessica Ray, Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley Miller Institute. Her talk “The Road to Environmental Engineering: My Role on the Water Crisis”  will be on April 7, Thursday, from 12:30 till 1:15 pm in room 431.


Jessica received a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009. She remained at Washington University to receive a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering. Her research interests included transport of nanoparticles in water treatment processes and using nanoparticles to improve water treatment technologies. In 2015, Jessica received the UC Berkeley Miller Institute Research Fellowship. She examines engineered geomedia used to treat urban storm water for water conservation.


View the S.T.E.M flyer below:

S.T.E.M. Careers Talk Flyer

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S.T.E.M. Careers Lunch Talk: Energy Efficiency – How to Make Buildings Smarter – Tues., Dec. 1, @ 12:30 – 1:15 PM, Rm 431

22 November 2015

Jason Trager, Ph.D., presents our next S.T.E.M. Careers Lunch Talk about Energy Efficiency: How to Make Buildings Smarter, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, from 12:30 – 1:15 PM, in Room 431, at Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, downtown Berkeley.


Dr. Jason TragerJason is an energy scientist and sustainability engineer with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley. He is CEO and Co-Founder of Persistent Efficiency Inc. which was founded with the goal of providing cost-effective, sustainable energy-monitoring solutions. He also founded the Art Rosenfeld fellowship for energy efficiency at UC Berkeley and has created several job positions at UC Berkeley for undergraduates through his Sustainability Champions Internship program.


View the Energy Efficiency flyer below:
Flyer on Energy Efficiency talk

For more information about the S.T.E.M. Careers Lunch Talks, please visit the Berkeley City College Science Department website.

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