30 April 2013
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.
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10 April 2013
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.
Sponsored by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
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20 March 2013
The 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.
Dr. 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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12 March 2013
The 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:
BCC Biotechnology Program
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