Thursday, December 12, 2013

TAP Information from GSG — Read This to Get Your TAP Card For Next Semester

On-line sign-ups begin on December 30, 2013.

Graduate students who have paid the USC Student Activity Fee can opt into the program by paying an $85 co-payment fee, plus a one-time $5 new card fee, through the "public transit" tab of the USC Transportation website ( On the left side, click on the "Graduate Student Metro TAP Pass" and you will be directed to complete a form.

You will receive a confirmation email within 48-72 business hours stating the fee has been processed and where you can pick up your card starting January 7th.

Cards are available on a first come, first served basis.

Distribution of cards will start on January 7, 2013 until we are sold out.

Once you receive the confirmation email from within 2-3 business days, please come to the Graduate Student Government office in the Tutor Campus Center room 224, Monday-Thursday between 10 am and 4 pm OR M-Th 12 PM-1 PM and F 1:30 PM-2:30 PM on the Health Science Campus in room SRH101A. 

The cards become active on the first day of the spring semester, January 13, 2014  and are valid throughout the Spring semester until May 16, 2014. If you have the Fall TAP card, the card ends on January 12th. 

The cards become active on the first day of the spring semester, January 13, 2014  and are valid throughout the Spring semester until May 16, 2014. If you have the Fall TAP card, the card ends on January 12th.

The cards can be used 7 days a week for unlimited rides on the Metro. This includes the Metro Rapid bus lines and the Red, Blue, Green, Gold and Expo rail lines as well as regular Metro buses traveling (including zones 1 and 2).

If you are riding the LADOT Commuter Express, please consult their website, to see what their pass price is.  However, it is NOT covered under our program.

The pass is not valid on Metrolink, EZ Passes, or the LADOT Commuter Express.

Further Questions?

For any questions regarding the cards, please visit our "Frequently Asked Questions" page:

If you have any other questions, please contact the Director of Campus Affairs, Janna Bernstein at

Thank you and Fight On!

University Staff Club announces scholarships for graduate students

Please see the announcement, instructions, and application below regarding the availability of scholarships for graduate students from the University Staff Club.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Covered CA pamphlet

Below please find the Covered CA pamphlet (thanks Helen!)  Copies are available at the Student Health Insurance Office on the lower level of the Engemann Student Health Center.  Also, here is a link to the Affordable Care Act Q-and-A that you might find helpful as well:

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Additional Healthcare Reform Info Sessions

The Engemann Student Health Center is offering additional information sessions for students to learn about the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). Would you please forward the attached flyer to your student mailing lists?

Questions about the information sessions should be directed to Heidi Ried-Gonzaga ( Questions about ACA should be directed to Cathy deFrancesco ( or Anita Hodge (

Thank you!

Shayna Kessel, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Graduate Academic Affairs
The Graduate School
Office of the Provost
University of Southern California
3601 Watt Way, GFS 315
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1695
(213) 740-9033

Monday, November 25, 2013

BISC-419 Environmental Microbiology

Instructors:  Prof. Katrina Edwards & Assist. Res. Prof. Jason Sylvan
                                    With guest lectures by Dr. Jean-Paul Baquiran

This class will focus on fundamental aspects of microbiology as they apply in an environmental context.  Our principal textbook will use Brock’s Biology of Microorganisms, but we also draw heavily from other resources and the primary literature.  Topics to be covered in the lecture portion of the class (T, Th) include:

  • ·         Introduction to and History of Environmental Microbiology
  • ·         Methods in Microbial Ecology
  • ·         Marine Biogeochemistry and the biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous, and iron
  • ·         Carbon fixation mechanisms and pathways
  • ·         Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic microbiology
  • ·         Food Webs in microbiology
  • ·         Applied microbiology and technology
  • ·         Terrestrial microbiology
  • ·         “observatory” science
  • ·         The deep subsurface biosphere
  • ·         Extreme environments
  • ·         Recent advances

This class will have alternating Laboratory Demonstrations and Discussions on Fridays, which may or may not overlap directly with the lecture topics.  This portion of the course will also include two field trips to nearby locales. 

Please contact Katrina Edwards for more information.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

BISC-499: From Developmental Biology to Regenerative Medicine

Course description:

This course focuses on general mechanistic principles that underpin development, maintenance and repair of body systems from worms to man. We will discuss critical experimental studies that frame the current view of animal organization, and the application of knowledge-gained to the goals of regenerative medicine. Lectures will be supplemented with a study of groundbreaking papers from the primary literature.