GEOL 351: Climate Systems

Climate Systems – GEOL 351
Fall 2015

T-Th 3:30 – 4:50pm

Is Earth’s climate near a tipping point? Are we pushing our planet beyond its carrying capacity? How large and how fast can climate changes be, and what are their governing principles? How are human activities disrupting climate systems, and what are the likely effects?

This upper-level course provides a modular set of lectures and laboratory sessions aimed at teaching system-level behavior of climate systems and the Earth’s outer fluid envelopes. It emphasizes climate dynamics and climate-related geosystems in a context that social scientists, business leaders, or non-geology geeks might find applicable. The course introduces geosystems and system behavior, non-linear dynamics, chaos, complexity theory, and will also include a set of 4 modules including: the thermohaline circulation and the global ocean carbon cycle; multiple climate equilibria and energy balance models; climate dynamics and feedbacks; carbon sequestration and ocean acidification system behavior and feedbacks. The final lectures will present civilization viewed as a geosystem. This is a mid-level Earth Sciences class, developed with the new Climate Resiliency & Stewardship Minor target audience in mind—Economics/IR/PoliSci/Psych/ENST/other majors interested in the relationship between climate systems and their main field, where complex systems behavior is also at play.

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.

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!

Volunteer with USC Caruso Catholic Center

Are you interested in giving back to the USC community? Are you looking for a flexible volunteer opportunity that looks great on your resume? The USC Caruso Catholic Center is currently in need of tutors for the Spring semester in all subjects! Whether it’s English, Math, Choir, or Sports we are accepting tutors during school hours and after school hours. If you are interested please contact:

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

Friday, November 21, 2014, Doheny Memorial Library 241 | 12:30-1:30 PM | Lunch Provided
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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

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

Ask @DeanSteveKay About #Koolscience


USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay invites you to ask him questions about his research and scientific expertise on Twitter at @DeanSteveKay ( using the hashtag #Koolscience. Kay regularly uses this hashtag to call out interesting scientific news on Twitter.

One of the top experts on genes and circadian rhythms, Dr. Kay’s research is contributing to the development of new drugs that treat metabolic disorders such as Type 2 diabetes as well as to understanding how plants can better adapt to climate change. And he was recently named by Thomson Reuters as one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.”

Dr. Kay welcomes questions on everything from food security and GMOs to the best time of day to make a big decision. Below are links to more information about his laboratory and research as well as links to media outlets in which he has offered expert commentary.

Submit your questions on Twitter by Friday, November 7 and follow @DeanSteveKay ( to find out the answers to your questions on Nov. 12-14, 2014.

For those who are not on Twitter, you may submit your question online:

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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: