Spring Break Aquaponics workshop for USC students

The Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, in partnership with EVO Farm and the USC Office of Sustainability, is proud to announce a 3-day Spring Break AQUAPONICS WORKSHOP for USC students.

What you’ll gain:

  • Lasting impact in the community! Workshop participants will build aquaponics systems that will be donated to:
    • Community Services Unlimited- a grassroots non-profit that sets up urban farms in South LA to provide residents with fresh organic produce
    • The USC Urban Garden- part of the USC Sustainability Network
    • Knowledge and resources to help you build your own aquaponics system at home
    • Networking opportunities with LA environmental organizations and community
    • Eligibility to apply for future paid internships to build aquaponics systems with the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, at Catalina Island and/or local K-12 schools

Included: Breakfast and lunch every day, materials and tools, transportation for afternoon field trip to other aquaponics systems around the city.

Optional: pre-workshop day trip to the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island (March 17)

Program cost: $75 (Non-refundable)

Space is limited to the first 15 students who register. REGISTER TODAY!

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.

Research Opportunity for Undergraduates

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) – Summer research opportunity on Catalina Island.  The USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies is proud to announce a call for applications for the NSF-funded REU program in Coastal Ocean Processes.  This program will support highly motivated and talented undergraduate students to conduct independent but guided research during an intensive 8-week program at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, CA.  The program will provide students with hands-on research experience, training in laboratory and field methodologies (including a 1-day research cruise), introductory lectures and special seminars in oceanography and marine science, academic and career advisement, group activities and field trips to explore different parts of the island and ecosystems.  Applications are due Feb. 16, 2015.

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!


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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AMST 348m: Race and the Environment

Spring 2015 Semester
Section: 10346R
Type: Lecture
Time: 9:30-10:50 am
Date: Tue, Thu
Instructor: Laura Pulido
Location: VHE 217
Units: 4

In this course we will examine the nature of environmental problems and the environmental movement from a racial and social justice perspective. We will explore how environmental hazards often disproportionately impact vulnerable communities and how they have mobilized to resist such problems. Topics to be covered include: the origins of the environmental movement, the environmental justice movement, air toxins, pesticides, and climate justice. Course will involve a hands-on research project.

This course satisfies the university’s diversity requirement.

ZYGO Series—DOCTORS VS. PARENTS: Decision-making in Pediatrics

Friday, November 21, 2014, Doheny Memorial Library 241 | 12:30-1:30 PM | Lunch Provided
RSVP: http://bit.ly/1xqn0bu
More Information: http://dornsife.usc.edu/zygo-series

Making decisions for children in a medical context can be extremely stressful and complex. In some notable pediatric cases, parents have made decisions that go against the recommendations of doctors. Such cases have included denying treatment for cancer or refusing to allow their children to receive vaccinations. Furthermore, in the case that a child appears to be suffering from serious abuse or neglect, medical centers are now able to forcibly provide care by implementing Child Protective Services (CPS). However, this service has often been criticized for being used incorrectly and simply as a means for health care providers to avoid liabilities.

Panelists for this seminar will discuss how parents and doctors can best make decisions concerning the treatment children should receive. They will also consider how CPS can most appropriately be implemented in a medical setting, and if treatment should be forced if deemed medically necessary.

Moderator: Varun Awasthi, ZYGO Student Director

Panelists:
Janet Schneiderman
, Research Associate Professor, USC Social Work
Kenneth Geller, MD, Director of Dornsife Pre-Health Advisement, Associate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology, USC Keck
Ankit Shah, MD, JD, Assistant Professor, USC Keck, Lecturer in Law, USC Gould, Attending Physician, LAC+USC Medical Center
Rima Basu, Ph.D. Candidate, Philosophy, USC Dornsife

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