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

Upcoming Fellowship Deadlines & Information Sessions

Upcoming Fellowship Deadlines & Information Sessions!

Truman Scholarship
Campus Deadline: November 14, 2014
http://www.truman.gov/

Boren Scholarship
Preferred Campus Deadline: November 17, 2014
http://www.borenawards.org/

Goldwater Scholarship
Campus Deadline: December 8, 2014
https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/

Rotary Global Grant
Campus Deadline: January 16, 2015
http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50010/SitePage/scholars

Information Sessions:
Humanity in Action Fellowship Information Session
Guest Speakers: Dr. Judy Goldstein, Founder & Executive Director
Mushfiqur Chowdhury, 2014 USC Humanity in Action Fellow
Wednesday, October 22
1-2pm in Hedco Neuroscience Building (HNB) 100

Diplomacy & Diversity Fellowship Information Session
Featuring: Dr. Judy Goldstein, Founder & Executive Director
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
2:30-3:30pm in Hedco Neurosciences Building (HNB) 100

General Fellowships for Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors
Thursday, October 23
12-1pm in Hedco Neurosciences Building (HNB) 100

Rotary Global Grant Information Session
Featuring: USC Professor & Rotarian Dr. Mina Soroosh
Hedco Neurosciences Building (HNB) 100
Tuesday, November 4
12-1pm

More information about these awards and others we support can be found on our website: http://www.usc.edu/programs/ugprograms/aif/fellowshiplist.htm
We also post regular updates on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/uscaif

Sincerely,
Academic & International Fellowships Staff
3601 Trousdale Parkway, STU 300
Los Angeles, California  90089-0896
http://www.usc.edu/aif
(213) 740-9116​

Women and War featuring Nimmi Gowrinathan

WOMEN AND WAR featuring Nimmi Gowrinathan
October 23, 2014, TCC 350 | 7-9 PM
RSVP: http://bit.ly/1sZr3Mt

Join us for this talk on women and war zones. While women are often framed as victims in war zones, they are often also political actors, occupying a variety of roles in violent spaces. Women are by and large disproportionately impacted by the fallout of war (displacement, militarization, and rape). These experiences shape women in marginalized communities in distinct ways. In Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere, lived experiences with violence often shape the politics of women, forcing us to recognize that women can be both victims and agents in complex conflicts around the world.

More: http://bit.ly/1053eXQ

Co-Sponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, the Office of Religious Life, and USC Spectrum

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!

Startup Equinox (Collaborative Student Event)

Entrepreneurs, Inventors, Artists, and Thinkers:

Whether you are an entrepreneur looking for the perfect team to help turn your dream into reality or a Trojan with the passion and drive for innovation, Startup Equinox is the event for you!

Join over 500 students for the 5th Annual Startup Equinox Forum on Wednesday, October 15th from 7:00 – 10:30pm to participate in one of USC’s largest innovation events!

The event includes
– Keynote Address from a Special Speaker
– Musical Performance
– Pitches from Mid-sized Startups (Music Prodigy, AmazeBowl, and AIO Robotics)
– 40 Student Pitches
– VC’s, Incubators, Accelerators, and Law Firms in attendance
– Internship opportunities
– MUCH MORE….

Visit http://www.StartupEquinox.com for more information!
RSVP by “Going” to the event on Facebook
All pitchers will receive a consultation meeting from industry professionals.

Rotary Global Grant Information Session

Rotary Global Grant Information Session
Featuring: USC Professor & Rotarian Dr. Mina Soroosh
Hedco Neruosciences Building (HNB) 100
Tuesday, November 4
12-1pm

The Rotary Global Grant offers prestigious international scholarships of $30,000 or more for students pursuing a graduate degree abroad in a country where a Rotary Club is located.  Applicants must apply directly to a graduate program as well as for the Rotary Global Grant.  Graduate programs must focus on one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.  Applicant must also outline a sustainable service project in their host community.  Candidates must have Bachelor’s degree at the time of starting the grant.  U.S. and non U.S. citizens may apply.  ​

  • ​Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development

Application deadline: January 16, 2015
http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50010/SitePage/scholars

If you have any questions, please contact:
Academic and International Fellowships
3601 Trousdale Parkway, STU 300
Los Angeles, California  90089-0896
http://www.usc.edu/aif
(213) 740-9116
Email: aifstaff@usc.edu