BCC to Present 'Successful Immigrants in the Berkshires' Panel

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold a virtual panel titled "SUCCESS Presents: Successful Immigrants in the Berkshires" on Friday, Feb. 4 from 5-6:30 pm.
 
The panel, held on Zoom, is specifically geared to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students. BCC students will receive forum credit for participating.
 
"This workshop provides an intentional space for BCC's ESOL learners to connect, grow their network, and strengthen their skillsets with other Spanish-speaking BCC alumni and community members," said BCC Academic Success Coach Kelsey Jones. "The panel will be focused on how to maximize success in a predominantly English taught environment as an ESOL learner."
 
Panelists include BCC Senior Admissions Counselor Eleanore Velez, BCC Director of Adult Learning Program Ana Suffish and several representatives from Latinas 413, a local advocacy group that helps immigrants expand their social and economic capital by serving as a bridge to available resources in Berkshire County.
 
 

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BEAT: Conserving Flowers and their Pollinators

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Joan Edwards will speak at the May Pittsfield Green Drinks event on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:00 PM and give a slideshow presentation about the rapidly decreasing biodiversity that is taking place globally, known as the sixth extinction. 
 
She will specifically focus on flowers and their insect visitors. 
 
This sixth extinction is primarily driven by human actions, from habitat loss to climate change. The impacts of biodiversity loss are far-reaching, resulting in biological communities that are less resilient and with diminished ecosystems services. As part of the discussion, Joan will explore the impact of biodiversity loss in the pollinator-flower world and examine how the surprising dynamics of flower-pollinator networks can help to conserve both flowers and their pollinators.
 
Joan Edwards is a botanist interested in understanding the biomechanics and adaptive significance of ultra-fast plant movements—plant actions that are so quick they occur in milliseconds. Using high-speed video (up to 100,000 fps), she studies the evolutionary significance and biomechanics of fast movements, including the trebuchet catapults of bunchberry dogwood, the vortex rings of Sphagnum moss, the splash cups of liverworts, and the "poppers" of wood sorrel. Her early fieldwork was on the impact of moose on plants in the boreal forests of Isle Royale National Park. 
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