Renegade Rip, issue 2, Sept. 21, 2022

Bakersfield College campus news

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Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022

BC celebrates STEM building

By Amanda Hernandez


Bakersfield College held a public

ribbon cutting event Sept. 7 to celebrate

the new Science and Engineering


The idea for the project began in

2016, and the entire process took over

six years to complete. The full cost of

the new structure was well over $40

million and paid for with bond funding

made possible with the passage of Measure


Bakersfield College president Zav

Dadabhoy speaking on September 7

BC president Zav Dadabhoy speaks at

ribbon cutting ceremony for BC’s new

STEM building on Sept. 7. (Amanda


During the ribbon cutting event, BC

President Zav Dadabhoy stated that

former Congressman Bill Thomas was

really the one who pushed to make the

building idea become a reality.

The creation of the building was part

of an effort to give students more opportunities

to expand their knowledge,

increase essential career skills and graduate

from BC with hands-on experience.

The overall design of the building

has gained a lot of attention because of

its unique structure, filled with secrets.

There is a tree design that is made to

absorb sounds, and it follows a famous

math sequence found in nature.

It has bricks that look like all of the

other BC buildings, however, they are

different. To crack the code, you have

to learn about orbitals.

The windows that represent the blueprint

of life and how scientists decode

the blueprint. It also has a peg board

also known as a binary board that codes

words following the language of computers.

Christina from HMC architects said

of designing the project, “It wasn’t hard

at all, it was actually really fun. The design

took us two years and then the construction

was an additional two years.

As the architects we stay throughout the

entire process and help the construction

team if they have questions or when

things need to be changed.”

Professors who were on hand shared

their point of view, and how effective

the new building makes the process of

teaching students.

Timothy Plett, who teaches physics in

the new

building stated, “I have mostly been

using the new building for labs and conducting

office hours. The students have

more space to learn, are able to interact

with state-of-the-art equipment, and it

definitely makes a difference in them

being able to fully grasp what I am trying

to teach them.”


Stephen Waller, Executive Dean of

Instruction, Math, Science and Engineering,

speaks Sept. 7 at the ribbon cutting

ceremony for BC’s new STEM building.

Ag webinar and water crisis

By Nicholas Watson


Bakersfield College hosted the first

of a series of webinars on water policy

in the Central Valley on Sept. 13 as

part of their partnership with the National

Renewable Energy Laboratory

and Valley Strong Credit Union.

It featured three speakers representing

different organizations and institutions

that have partnered with the

Valley Strong Energy Institute, all of

whom touched on different aspects of

the ongoing water crisis that is gripping

the Central Valley.

Alivar Escriva-Bou, a senior fellow

from the Public Policy Institute of California

Water Policy Center, explained

the effectiveness, or lack thereof, of the

recent Sustainable Groundwater Management

Act, or SGMA.

He was then followed by Thomas

Ott, an assistant research hydrologist

with the Desert Research Institute,

who has been working on openET, a

public database for water management

data funded and worked in part by

organizations such as NASA, the Department

of Agriculture, the Desert

Research Institute, and Google, among

many others.

Following this, Josué Medellín-Azuara,

an associate professor

of environmental engineering at the

University of California Merced, gave

a general rundown of the severity of

the ongoing severe drought in the Central

Valley, with specifics on the data

behind the severity of the water crisis.

The webinar concluded with a Q&A

session, where members of the public

were able to ask the panelists questions

regarding the things they discussed or

just general questions regarding water

conservation and management in California.

The key takeaway from the webinar

as a whole was that, while the situation

is certainly dire, there is still action that

can be taken, along with the new tools

that are emerging through continued

dedicated research, that will allow the

Central Valley to mitigate and manage

this crisis. While the webinar’s topic

was one of crisis, the main theme was

one of hope – something that all three

guest speakers wanted to drive home.

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