Monday, October 31, 2016

Research & Fellowships Week!

The Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will be hosting the 2nd Annual Research and Fellowships Week from November 7-11, 2016.

USC students at all levels will have an opportunity to learn more about research and fellowships. A variety of panels, made up of fellow Trojans, USC Faculty and Foundation Representatives, will discuss how research and competitive fellowships enhance the undergraduate and graduate career. No RSVP is required. Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will take place in the Tutor Campus Center, Room TCC 227.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Great California Shakeout

On Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 10:20 a.m., USC students, faculty and staff will participate in The Great California ShakeOut.  The ShakeOut earthquake drill serves as our annual reminder that preparation is the best way to ensure safety.  I urge you and your colleagues to join the over 9 million other California participants practicing “drop, cover and hold on” in response to a hypothetical 7.8 earthquake.  Detailed instructions and other information are attached.  In addition, the USC Office of Fire Safety and Emergency Planning has posted drill information online at

The ShakeOut is also a reminder to take steps to protect your family and home from harm in an earthquake.  This may include developing a family disaster plan, obtaining a home emergency kit, and mitigating hazards in your home environment.  In addition, signing up for payroll direct deposit will ensure your paycheck is received in a timely manner should we experience an emergency. Further, if you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to download LiveSafe, USC’s Mobile Safety App, from Google Play or the Apple App Store.  Please visit for more information.

Besides the “drop, cover and hold on” drill, schools and many departments will test their earthquake response and business continuity plans.  The annual test helps to ensure the university is ready to respond to the needs of our students, faculty and staff.

The ShakeOut is organized worldwide by the Earthquake Country Alliance, which is administered by the Southern California Earthquake Center headquartered at USC.  For additional information about the upcoming drill, or for assistance with emergency planning, please contact the USC Office of Fire Safety and Emergency Planning at  To learn more about emergency preparedness at USC, please visit the USC Office of Fire Safety and Emergency Planning website at

The Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching

2017 The Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching

Deadline: October 28, 2016

Upcoming CET Events

Course Design for Student Success: Supporting Diverse Student Populations

Friday, Oct 21, 2016 | Noon–1pm
ACB 238 - Lunch provided

Discover universal design for an inclusive classroom. In this active-learning workshop, participants will explore course design strategies that reduce educational barriers for USC’s diverse student populations. Feel free to bring your course syllabus. Instructional designers will be available for consultation after the workshop.

Presented by: CET Instructional Designers, Katie Guevara & Bob Sweeney


Tips on How to Manage Distracted Behavior in the Classroom: Student Perspectives

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016 | 12:30–1:30pm
DML 233 - Lunch provided

Hear from USC students and faculty on how to manage distracted behavior in the classroom.

Presented by: CET Faculty Fellow Ruth Chung, Rossier; CET Undergraduate Fellows Kshitij Kumar and Wilson Lin


Becoming Residential Faculty at USC: Best Practices & How to Apply for a Position

Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016 | Noon–1:00pm
Kaufmann 240 - Lunch provided

Join a panel of experts as they discuss the new USC Village and its open residential faculty positions. Learn the duties and parameters of the job, how to apply, and best practices from current resident faculty as well as from the Director of the Office of Residential Education.

Emily Sandoval, Director, Office of Residential Education and Brett Sheehan, Faculty Master, Parkside Arts & Humanities, and John Pascarella, Resident Faculty at Marks Tower, South Area. Moderated by Oliver Mayer.


Active Learning Meet-Up: Turning a Guest Speaker into an Active-Learning Opportunity

Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016 | 12:30pm–1:30pm
Herklotz Library DML G28 - Lunch provided

Monthly informal Active Learning Meet-Ups start with a demonstration of an active-learning strategy appropriate for classroom courses, followed by Q&A and an opportunity for faculty to share their own active-learning strategies. CET Instructional Designers will be available after the Meet-Up for impromptu consultations on course design and classroom practices. A different active-learning strategy will be featured each month.

Presented by: CET Instructional Designers, Katie Guevara & Bob Sweeney


Bringing Arctic and deep-sea science alive for inner-city kids

Dieuwertje “DJ” Kast of USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project (JEP) is drawing on her summer research experiences aboard a deep-sea exploration vessel and at an Arctic research station to inspire young scientists at the USC Family of Schools.

Dieuwertje "DJ" Kast holds aloft a USC banner during her summer research trip to the Arctic. Photos courtesy of DJ Kast.

By Susan Bell - October 6, 2016

DJ Kast is still haunted by two unforgettable sounds.

The first is the gentle, if eerie, glassy tinkle made by perpendicular shards of candle ice in a thawing Arctic lake. “When the pieces of candle ice clink against each other, it sounds like wind chimes,” said Kast, USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project (JEP) STEM program manager. “It’s a strange and beautiful music.”

Link to complete story

Apply for an AAUW International Fellowship


Who may apply: Women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents

Funding: $18,000–$30,000

Deadline: December 1

Find out more about AAUW’s other fellowships, grants, and awards.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

TODAY | Special expert panel on plastics in the Ocean

A special scientific panel discussion on biological effects of plastic pollution in the oceans will be held TODAY (Wednesday, Oct 12) at 1:00-4:00 pm in the Tudor Campus Center, Trojan Ballroom A. The panel will include several world-class biologists who study the topic, and the discussion will be moderated by Prof. Doug McCauley of UC Santa Barbara. Here is a link at which you can find more information:

This is a great opportunity for you to hear from the leading experts that are defining the magnitude of an ecological challenge that we face.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

$10,000 Dissertation Fellowships Available

Beginning this year, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will award ten $10,000 Dissertation Fellowships. To be eligible, applicants must be an active Phi Kappa Phi member in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study. Awards are for 12 months of dissertation writing. All pre-dissertation requirements should be met by the application deadline including approval of the dissertation proposal.

The deadline to apply is November 30 and recipients will be notified by February 1.
For more information, read the Dissertation Fellowship FAQs or download the fact sheet.
If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact me at or 800.804.9880, ext. 235.

Kelli Partin
Awards Manager
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
phone 225.923.7785  toll free 800.804.9880 x235
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Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Awards

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New BISC-599 Course! Convergent Biosciences

For Spring 2017

BISC-599 | Convergent Biosciences (Units: 3)
Mondays and Wednesdays
9 AM-10:30 AM
Room: TRF113

Course Description

This course will provide students with a unique transdisciplinary perspective on how the convergence of the Arts, Engineering and Sciences are necessary to enable innovation and to address complex, global problems in healthcare. Working on projects, pitching ideas, and discussions are all major components of the course, which will help students to learn why going beyond boundaries and disciplines is necessary for cutting edge research and futuristic technology development.  Invited lecturers are an essential part of this course, as they will provide a variety of opinions from many different fields and perspectives.

Learning Objectives

Students will have a better understanding about the convergence of Arts, Engineering and Sciences, including both how to create interdisciplinary collaborations and how to best utilize the strengths of each field.  They will learn from various examples about the importance of these collaborations, not just within one’s own discipline, but across disciplines to expand to engineering, life and physical sciences, and cinematic arts.
The course will help students learn the necessary skills for initiating and maintaining collaborations via projects and discussions with scientists and artists from both academia and industry.
Students will understand the importance of the Arts to communicate scientific ideas and their own research in a more effective way.