Levan Institute Virtues and Vices Series: What is Courage?

Virtues and Vices Series: What is Courage?

Co-sponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and the Thematic Option Honors Program

Join us for a wide-ranging discussion that tries to get at the virtue of courage. Why might it be important for us to determine the limits of courage? When is an act courageous? When might the same act instead be cowardly or reckless? Can someone act with courage without understanding what courage is? What is the relationship between the virtue of courage and other virtues like wisdom, justice, and reverence? How might we best be courageous in our daily lives?

The discussion will be guided by students from Thematic Option and Levan Institute Fellows and will be moderated by James Collins, Assistant Professor of Classics. All who are interested in participating are welcome.

Date: Monday, September 29, 2014
Location: THH 201
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 PM | Pizza Served

RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-PTcOzYmxsHeXreYKYcBp3UQhx7DMEXQIP4xcbqQRwo/viewform

 

Levan Coffeehouse Conversations on Practical Ethics—COLLEGE ATHLETICS: Play or Work?

October 8, 2014, Ground Zero Cafe | Noon | Lunch Provided

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College sports can be big business, generating enormous revenues for schools and salaries for coaches, while their athletes receive just scholarship, room and board.  Currently, pending lawsuits seek to remove caps on player compensation and to allow players to share in profits from the use of their likenesses.  Debate is growing over whether college athletes should unionize as employees.  What is a level playing field for college sports?

Moderated by Sharon Lloyd, Professor of Philosophy, Law, and Political Science

Levan Coffeehouse Conversations on Practical Ethics encourage faculty, staff, and students from every part of our USC community to talk about the ethical questions of the day.

ZYGO Series—HOBBY LOBBY: The Ethics of Healthcare between Corporation, Church and State

Friday, October 3, 2014, DML 241 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Lunch Provided

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

In September 2012, Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts and crafts stores, filed a lawsuit against the United States over a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) which mandated that health insurance provided by employers must include access to emergency contraceptives. Hobby Lobby stated that this provision violated their religious beliefs, and argued that they were protected by the First Amendment and Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The Supreme Court eventually ruled in their favor. This panel will seek to discuss the various ethical issues associated with the intersection of religion and health care, and the implications of this ruling. Is it ethical for a corporation to determine the exact services included in government- mandated health insurance for religious reasons? Furthermore, did this PPACA provision prevent Hobby Lobby from freely exercising religion, for which the RFRA was initially enacted?

Moderator: Varun Awasthi, ZYGO Student Director

Confirmed Panelists:
Hilary Schor, University Professor, English, Comparative Literature, Gender Studies and Law
Varun Soni, Dean, USC Office of Religious Life
Alida Liberman, Ph.D. Candidate, Philosophy, Levan Graduate Fellow
Drew Schmidt, Undergraduate Student, Philosophy, Politics, and Law, Levan Undergraduate Fellow, USC Dornsife

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

Job Announcement: Joint Education Project (JEP) – YSP Teaching Assistant

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
Joint Educational Project (JEP)– YOUNG SCIENTISTS PROGRAM
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YSP Teaching Assistant

JEP is searching for two undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the sciences with at least one year to commit to the Young Scientists Program (YSP). The YSP Teaching Assistants will be placed at five elementary schools in our immediate USC community to teach hands-on science lessons that will support teachers and students in science education.

This position requires:

  • An interest in science education;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Strong organization skills;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities;
  • A self-starter, able to take initiative and work independently;
  • 5 hours per week available to dedicate to the position (pay rate $10/hour);
  • Attendance at regular staff meetings.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Presenting meaningful, hands-on science lessons that will be implemented in the at assigned school;
  • Organizing and maintaining the Science Lab Materials at the school;
  • Assisting classroom teachers and students with science activities to promote the development of science education;
  • Other responsibilities which match specific program needs.

To apply, contact Tina Koneazny:
koneazny@usc.edu
Deadline to apply: Friday, September 5th, 2014

Research Assistant Position

We are looking for new undergraduate research assistants to aid in research tasks focusing on social and health consequences of drug use.  This is a paid part-time position through the USC School of Social Work and would include assisting with research tasks, such as data entry, literature reviews, and basic data analysis. Those with statistical or qualitative analysis experience are encouraged to apply. Spanish speakers are not required, but preferred.  If interested, please send a completed application and resume to erikague@usc.edu.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Interested in gaining valuable experience in a research lab?

Looking for a strong letter of recommendation?

The Town lab is looking for motivated undergraduate students who are interested in gaining lab experience as a research assistant. Our lab focuses on the interface between two main systems of the body, the central nervous system and immune system. More specifically, our lab is interested in the innate immune system in Alzheimer’s disease. There are projects focused on immune drug deliveries in Alzheimer rats, immune reactions to neural stem cell engraftments, and the basic cellular biology of microglia (the resident immune cells of the brain).

Freshmen and sophomores looking for multiple years of experience are highly encouraged to apply. Juniors with lab experience are also encouraged to apply. Animal handling experience is a bonus. Drosophila experience is also a bonus. We are asking students to dedicate at least 15 hours per week.

If you are interested, please send an email with a one paragraph description of your reasons for wanting to join the Town lab along with your CV to Allan Jensen allanjen@usc.edu

Workshops for undergrads interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Thinking Ahead:  Could I be a Researcher?

A SACNAS Careers in Research Workshop

October 29, 2013

4:00 – 5:00 pm

THH 102

Sponsored by the USC SACNAS Chapter, this workshop features a panel of USC researchers explaining the importance of research in society and sharing their paths into the sciences.  This is the first of a series of professional development workshops called Careers in Research designed to expose students to research.

SACNAS, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, is an inclusive organization for all people and all disciplines dedicated to promoting academic excellence and mentoring students to advanced degrees in STEM fields. http://sacnas.org/   The goal of the USC SACNAS Chapter is to create a community at USC for all students in all disciplines interested in research.

Students can register at this link:

https://usccollege.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0fBx5mv0v7bs10w

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