Graduate School: The STEM Major Approach

Are you in love with science? Do you plan to pursue a PhD? Well, what’s your next step? Join The Center for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Fellows for a stimulating and informative workshop on how to properly prepare for graduate school. Learn about the admissions process, and what graduate school admission officers want in an applicant.

Panelists include:
-Steve Lund (Earth Sciences Faculty Graduate Advisor)
-Dawn Burke (Biological Sciences Graduate Advisor)
-Chih-Chieh Hsu (Electrical Engineering Graduate Student)

This event will be held on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in VKC 100. Pizza and drinks will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Please RSVP for this event here: http://bit.ly/1wqT3aW.

Break into Research!

The Undergraduate Research Consortium (URC) is a group of undergraduate researchers that helps students get involved in research. In Break into Research, we help students find research opportunities in small groups. All majors are welcome!

Thursday, October 30, 2014
6:30-7:30 p.m.
THH 208

 

Slammin’ Down the Stigma

“DO YOU LOVE SLAM POETRY? Then sign up to perform at HSEP @ USC’s special event, “Slammin’ Down the Stigma,” a slam poetry event designed to open a dialogue on the issue of mental health on college campuses. Anyone willing to share their thoughts and experiences regarding mental health through the medium of the spoken word is strongly encouraged to consider performing. This is a rare opportunity to speak your mind and change the perspective on mental health on the USC campus!

If you are at all interested in performing, PLEASE consider doing so as we need lots of support to make this event a success!

It will be held on Thursday, November 6th, 7-9pm in THH 102, which is at the University Park Campus (UPC) at USC. Please fill out the following form if you are interested in performing or having your poem read by someone else: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1S_h_EnYeX4yv5xlHuuGe7aO1EsLtsuk_OJmQP4onNL8/viewform?usp=send_form. Feel free to send us an email at uschsep@gmail.com if you have any questions!

Slam Poetry Flyer

“Medicine and the Image: The Visible Human” Fall 2014 Conference and Public Gallery Exhibit

Conference
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 | 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240

Students are welcome to join sessions in-between classes
CONFERENCE PROGRAM: http://bit.ly/1sZpJsV
RSVP: http://bit.ly/1wASjyA 

Public Gallery Exhibit
Monday, November 3 – Friday, November 7, 2014
Von KleinSmid Center Courtyard

From the anatomical drawings of Vesalius to contemporary MRI and CT scans, images create and popularize medical knowledge as well as influence diagnosis and treatment. This one-day conference will explore how the human body and its experiences of illness are imagined and made visible in medical research, practice, and education. How does representation, both visual and literary, construct and complicate facts about a medically knowable body? How does it also change our individual and societal perceptions of illness, disease, and health? In what ways do technological advances in imaging techniques, including virtual reality simulations, influence medical practices? How can the analysis and creation of art enrich medical education?

The conference aims to facilitate an interdisciplinary conversation by bringing together scholars from a variety of fields including Art, History, Literature, Communications, Anthropology, Medical Illustration, and Medicine. Events for the day will include research presentations on the relationship between medicine and images; a career roundtable for students interested in the health humanities; a keynote lecture on the use of entertainment applications at the intersection of behavioral science, medicine and public health; and a public gallery exhibit of medical images.

FEATURED SESSION
ROUNDTABLE ON CAREERS IN THE HEALTH HUMANITIES & ARTS | 1:30-3:00 PM
ChairOctavio Avila, Director of Student Special Services, USC Dornsife
Lise Patt, Director, Institute for Cultural Inquiry
Jamie Sweetman, Artist and Adjunct Faculty, USC Roski School of Design
Megan Rosenbloom, Associate Director, Collection Resources Division, Norris Medical Library, USC
Leslie Davis, Artist and Curator, “The Art of Stem Cells” exhibit, The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA) 

Organizing Sponsor: USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics
Co-Sponsors: USC Office of the Provost, Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Center for Feminist Research, Department of Comparative Literature, Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture Doctoral Program, Visual Studies Research Institute, and Keck School of Medicine’s Program in Medical Humanities, Arts, and Ethics

Ice Age Discoveries Deep Beneath the Yucatan

Ice Age Discoveries Deep Beneath the Yucatan
Underwater ancient caves. Early humans in America.

Dominique Rissolo
Waitt Foundation and University of California, San Diego

A young woman’s skeleton has been discovered deep beneath the Yucatan. It is the oldest, most complete yet found in the Americas.

Underwater cave systems of the Yucatan Peninsula are a promising frontier for finding and understanding early people in America. Since the last glacial maximum, a maze of passageways beneath the Yucatan has flooded. Rising sea levels have covered remains of animals and humans dating to the Late Pleistocene.

A new picture is emerging from osteological and taphonomic analyses; absolute dating of human, faunal, macrobotanical, and geological samples; human DNA analyses; and hydrogeology and sedimentology and multi-proxy paleoenvironmental reconstruction. Innovate recording and imaging techniques are enabling researchers to analyze archaeological remains with minimal impact to the site and the remains.

Thursday Oct 23rd 4 pm
USC ACB 238
Refreshments
Sponsored by USC Archaeology

ZYGO Series—PHARMACEUTICAL ACCESS: Global Drug Management and Underserved Populations

ZYGO Series—PHARMACEUTICAL ACCESS: Global Drug Management and Underserved Populations
Friday, October 24, 2014, DML 241 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Lunch Provided

RSVP: http://bit.ly/1wesVic

Co-sponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study
Moderator
Sucharita Yellapragada, ZYGO Student Program Manager

Panelists:
Jeff McCombs, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics & Policy, USC Schaeffer
Erin Quinn, Associate Dean for Science and Health, USC Dornsife
Heather Wipfli, Associate Director, USC Institute for Global Health and Assistant Professor, Department of Preventative Medicine and School of International Relations, USC Keck School of Medicine​

The pharmaceutical industry is frequently criticized as being focused entirely on making a profit and not truly caring for the well-being of the people. This seminar will seek to explore if pharmaceutical companies have any ethical obligations towards underserved populations, or if, like any other company, they ultimately serve as a means of improving the economy of their local community. After the Agreement of Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights was passed by the World Trade Organization in 1996, countries were able to apply for compulsory licenses through which they could produce generic copies of these drugs without the permission of the patent owner. Since 2003, compulsory license holders can also export generic drugs to other countries that lack production capabilities. Panelists will consider if compulsory licenses are an ethical obligation for pharmaceutical companies and if this system adequately gives credit to the initial patent holder.

The ZYGO Series is organized by USC students in health and medicine who seek dialogue with USC faculty across disciplines in order to increase the integration of ethical themes into their curriculum.​

zygo / ˈzʌɪgəʊ, ˈzɪgəʊ / pref. relating to union or joining

Exploring China: Legal, Regulatory and Cultural Aspects

International Regulatory Science Symposium
Exploring China: Legal, Regulatory and Cultural Aspects
 
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from the leaders in China Biomedical industry!
 
China poses both enormous economic potential and uncertain business risk for the biomedical industry that would like to tap into its expanding economy, aging population and growing talent pool.  Its rapid rise in GDP, establishment of social infrastructure, and efforts to incentivize domestic R&D continue to attract companies to invest in the market and explore opportunities amidst rapidly changing environment.
 
This one-day symposium will feature speakers from industry, academia, and government to present current developments, issues, and challenges facing the biomedical industry in China.
 
Agenda Highlights:
China’s Role in Biomedical Industry: Past, Present, and Future 
Medical Device Regulation 
Health System and Policy
Medical Insurance Systems in China 
Medical Device Evaluation
Innovation and Start-ups 
Practical Aspects of Chinese Law 
Intellectual Property Considerations
 
Featured speakers include:
Dan Harris, JD, Harris Moure, Seattle, Washington
Helen Niu, MD, PhD, Head, Senior Director, China Clinical Development of Allergan, Beijing, China
Annie Yin, DBA, Regulatory Affairs Director, Medtronic Inc., Beijing, China
Click here for speakers’ bios
 
Who should attend:
Biomedical and Medtech industry professionals and executives
Faculty, students, and staff interested in learning about this exciting field
 
We look forward to welcoming you on November 1st!