VIRTUES AND VICES SERIES: What is Justice?

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VIRTUES AND VICES SERIES: What is Justice?

February 2, 2015, 5-6:30 PM | THH 212 | Pizza Served
Website: http://dornsife.usc.edu/virtues-and-vices
RSVP:  http://bit.ly/1ua3eDx

Co-sponsored by the USC Levan Institute Undergraduate Fellows and the Thematic Option Honors Program

Following the workshop on courage, we will now move to the virtue of justice. Aristotle noted that, among the canonical virtues, justice is a special case primarily because people mean so many different things when they appeal to it. Sometimes what is lawful is just, while at other times justice may require unlawful action. Sometimes justice can be equated with fairness, and yet at other times justice may require actions that seem inequitable. According to Aristotle, justice is also difficult to determine because, of the two parties which it involves, one often has a higher status than the other. We will navigate this difficult terrain with special focus, as ever, on how we might best be just in our daily lives.

The discussion will be guided by Levan Institute Fellows and students from Thematic Option and will be moderated by James Collins, Assistant Professor of Classics.

The Virtues and Vices Series encourages student discussion about virtues, vices, and their role in everyday life.

Dornsife Degrees Get Jobs! Learn From Successful Alumni

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Trojan Presentation Room (TPR), Student Union B3 (basement)

Are you trying to figure out your career choices after college? Ever wonder what you can do with your undergraduate degree?

A student’s major does not dictate their career options or possibilities. The Dornsife Advising Office will be hosting a panel of Dornsife Alumni who graduated from the college with one major and are now successfully employed in a different field. The panel will consist of alumni from a range of majors including Spanish, Economics, Psychology, Political Science, and Art History who are now working in areas such as sales, research, business, law, and management. Learn about their experiences as undergraduates and how they were able to able to make the most of their time at USC.  Discover the importance of transferable skills and how they contribute to your success when searching for a job and internship.

ZYGO Series – QUARANTINE: Balancing Human Rights with Medical Best Interests

ZYGO Series—QUARANTINE: Balancing Human Rights with Medical Best Interests
Friday, January 23, 2014, Doheny Memorial Library 241 | 12:30-1:30 PM | Lunch Provided
RSVP:  http://bit.ly/1Cf8IxO
More Information: http://dornsife.usc.edu/zygo-series

The first known usage of quarantine dates back from 1377 in the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia when ships suspected of carrying the Black Plague were subjected to a 40 day hold before being allowed to enter the port. Quarantine is distinct from isolation in that it is solely a preventive measure enacted to seclude individuals who may be at risk of spreading a certain disease.

Although quarantine has not been frequently implemented in recent history, during the recent outbreak of Ebola, entire villages in Liberia were subjected to quarantines, and in the US, multiple states implemented mandatory quarantines for health care workers returning from West Africa. These quarantine policies were heavily criticized by many as violating basic human rights and simply being unnecessary. Panelists for this forum will consider the medical relevance and necessity of quarantine and the human rights concerns associated with it.

Moderator: Varun Awasthi, ZYGO Student Director

Panelists:
Sofia Gruskin, J.D., MIA, Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Gould School of Law, and Director, Program on Global Health & Human Rights, Keck School of Medicine
Alison Dundes Renteln, Professor of Political Science, Anthropology, and Policy, Planning, and Development, USC Dornsife
Paul Holtom, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Orthopedics and Program Director, Infectious Disease Fellowship Program, Keck School of Medicine
Abelard Podgorski, Ph.D. Student, Philosophy, USC Dornsife
Jacob Roberts, Undergraduate Student, Economics and East Asian Languages and Cultures, USC Dornsife

Co-sponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study

Cancer Research Internship

Cancer Research Internship
Keck School of Medicine of USC
GWAS of Colorectal Cancer in Hispanics

The GWAS of Colorectal Cancer in Hispanics is a NIH-funded, population-based, case-control genome-wide association study (GWAS) that will investigate the genetic risk factors for colorectal cancer in Hispanics. We plan to recruit 2,500 Hispanic men and women diagnosed with colorectal cancer using population-based cancer registries in California. We are seeking students as interns to assist in patient recruitment and interviews. We are looking for motivated students interested in becoming involved and making an impact in our cancer research study to begin this semester. Potential applicants will play an important role by directly interacting with colorectal cancer patient participants and contributing to the first study of its kind in the Hispanic population.

Duties will involve:

  • Attending and participating in training sessions and meetings
  • Initiating contact with potential study participants
  • Scheduling participants for interviews
  • Conducting thorough and detailed study interviews in English and Spanish (by telephone)
  • Entering data clearly and completely into a tracking database
  • Maintaining study documents
  • Other duties as needed
  • Commitment of at least 10 hrs/week

Qualifications:
Current full or part-time USC student; have general computer knowledge; be flexible, organized, reliable and dependable; detail-oriented; excellent personal and telephone communication skills; fluency in Spanish; paid position after training period

Students should be willing to commit to at least 10 hours per week. The position will be based in the Norris Topping Tower on the Health Sciences Campus. Interns will have flexibility in scheduling and work hours will be available during weekdays and weekends in the morning, afternoon and evening. Special consideration will be given to students during university holidays, breaks and final exam periods.

To be considered for this position, please contact Ugonna Ilhenacho at ugonna.ihenacho@med.usc.edu with your cover letter, resume and available days/hours.

Problems without Passports in Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal awaits! Culture, cuisine, history, nightlife, and beaches…experience all of these while learning about and researching Senegal’s rich literary traditions and contemporary literati.

This Problems without Passports class, French 499, invites any and all students with a good knowledge of French (intermediate recommended) to apply for this unique course. After one week at USC, we will travel to Dakar, Senegal to spend three weeks with writers, publishers, artists, Senegalese university students, and the like. USC students in anthropology, comparative literature, history, global studies, IR, narrative studies, global health, ASE, sociology, and of course, French, would all gain from this opportunity. For example, if you’re interested in history, your research could focus on writers whose works rewrite and reimagine postcolonial history. Global health? Choose a novel that treats disability and/or disease in Senegal.

INFO SESSION to be held Tuesday, January 27, 3 – 4:30pm in Taper 120.

Refreshments served!


1st Annual Southern California LGBT Health Conference

1st Annual Southern California LGBT Health Conference
Location: USC Health Science Campus, Keith Administration Building
Date: February 21, 2015
Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Website: http://www.socallgbthealthconference.org/
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1518118651782381/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
Registration: $5
Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Join us for the 1st Annual Southern California LGBT Health Conference at the USC Health Science Campus! Come take part in dynamic conversations and workshops facilitated by leaders in LGBT care. The conference will serve as a platform for discussion of current topics such as race issues in LGBT identification, PrEP, and many others. This year’s theme, “Coming out as an advocate” focuses on the importance of visibility and multidisciplinary approaches in advocating for LGBT health. The conference is geared towards all students, professionals, and community members with an interest in improving LGBT health.

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Dean’s Special Lecture – Convergent Science: Life Sciences and Engineering in Oncology

Dean’s Special Lecture
January 26th 2015
Convergent Science: Life Sciences and Engineering in Oncology
Peter Kuhn, Dean’s Professor of Biological Sciences
3 P.M., Lecture / Reception to FollowJoyce J. Cammilleri Hall, Dornsife Neuroscience Pavillion

A biological transition point is the initial, instigating change that occurs when a cancer transitions from benign to malignant, from local to distant or from treatment-sensitive to treatment-resistant. However, medicine is limited currently to treating the corresponding clinical transition point — the time at which this change is first detected due to an amassed population of changed cells. Learn more about how Peter Kuhn employs physical science and biological methods to study the factors that affect biological transition points in order to improve clinical decision-making and mitigate the damage caused by delayed clinical detection. By studying the changes occurring within individual tumor cells, within patients’ organ systems, and within populations of patients to chart the dynamic course of cancer evolution, he is working to better predict and thus better treat this ever-changing disease.

For more information and to RSVP please contact events@dornsife.usc.edu

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