On 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
Born 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.