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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

Alex Filippenko

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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CIRM Awards $1.08 million Grant to BCC Biotechnology Dept. for “Specialty in Stem Cell Biology”

27 April 2011

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) recently awarded a $1.08 million grant to the Berkeley City College Biotechnology Department, chaired by Dr. Barbara Des Rochers, for its “Bridges to Stem Cell” Program.


Berkeley City College’s grant is for “Speciality in Stem Cell Biology”. BCC’s stem cell program is listed among some of the most prestigious in California — only two community colleges in California were awarded stem cell grants, and Berkeley City College is one of them. For more details, please visit the Biotechnology Department Website at http://www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/wp/biotech.

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