Monday, December 19, 2016

Help us “Deck Our Halls”!

The USC Graduate School is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Deck Our Halls competition.  We would like to display the work of graduate students from across USC on the walls of our offices in STU 301. We are especially interested in data visualizations, paintings, photographs, graphics, textiles, or other contributions that reflect the interests and research pursuits of USC graduate students. Other than copyrighted images, all types of submissions are welcome. The work will be featured for up to one year and will be returned to the student at the end of 2017. Within reason, the Graduate School will cover the cost of professionally printing and mounting works selected for display. Featured students will also be invited to an open house next year.

To be considered, please visit and submit an application by January 6, 2017. Proposals will be reviewed the following week and final selections will be made by the end of January.

Monday, December 12, 2016

MEB Seminar | Collective functionality in bacterial groups

Please join us tomorrow, Tuesday Dec 13th, at 11am for Dr. Martin Ackermann's seminar in the AHF Torrey Webb Room. Below is a link to his website as well as an abstract for his seminar tomorrow. 

Look forward to seeing you there!

Abstract: How microbial diversity shapes the dynamics and processes in microbial communities is a fundamental question in microbial ecology. While the focus of such research is typically on biological diversity that results from genetic differences between strains and species, functional diversity can also arise in clonal groups, through phenotypic differences between individuals. My presentation will focus on this microbial individuality, that is, diversity at the level of single cells. Using examples from bacterial genetic model systems, I will discuss how microbial individuality can promote interactions within and between populations, allow microbes to cope with dynamic environments, and give clonal groups of bacteria new biological properties. Then I will discuss how one can test these laboratory-derived concepts in natural environments, and ask whether and how microbial individuality is an important driver of the dynamics of natural microbial communities. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

USC Wrigley Sustainability Prize


The USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies is announcing a new innovation competition on campus called the USC Wrigley Sustainability Prize. The goal is to promote marketable ideas from the USC community that can result in meaningful sustainability/environmental change. The competition is open to USC undergrads, grads, faculty and staff teams from ALL disciplines--teams can be mixed as long as there is student involvement in the group.

The competition is now open, with applications due February 10, 2017.

Applicants are invited to propose their ideas, then attend a business workshop where environmental and entrepreneurial experts will help teams refine their concepts and develop a business pitch. Finalists then present their concepts to a panel of judges and an audience at a showcase event in April 2017. 

First prize is $7,000 to help make the winning team's sustainable idea a reality! (2nd place - $5,0000, 3rd place, $3,000).

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Latin America CODHy Registration Is Now Open

The 4th Latin America Congress on Controversies to Consensus in Diabetes, Obesity and Hypertension (CODHy) will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 16-18, 2017

Registration is NOW OPEN! Register here.

Monday, December 5, 2016

USC Stem Cell Distinguished Speakers Series: Hesham Sadek, MD, Ph.D.

USC Stem Cell Distinguished Speakers Series

Tuesday, December 6th 

This week's guest will be Hesham Sadek. 

A webcast will be available at

The Saban Research Institute Floyd H. Gilles Lecture in Neuroscience Research presents...

“Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Neuronal Migration”

Pasko Rakic, MD, PhD
Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience and
Professor of Neurology
Yale School of Medicine

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016*
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.*
Location: The Saban Research Building, First Floor Auditorium, 4661 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Lunch will be provided to seminar guests, first come, first served.

About the Speaker:
Pasko Rakic, MD, PhD, received his medical and graduate degree from Belgrade University (former Yugoslavia). He immigrated to the US in 1969, and he was on Harvard faculty until 1978 when he moved to Yale, where he created Department of Neurobiology and Kavli Institute for Neuroscience. He presently holds the Duberg Chair in Neuroscience at Yale University.

Rakic’s research interests are in developmental neurobiology, particularly cellular and molecular mechanisms of neuronal proliferation, migration and synaptogenesis during development of the brain. His studies in human, non-human primates and rodents lead to the postulate of the “radial unit” and “protomap” hypotheses of cortical development and evolution that provide the framework for understanding genetic mechanisms of normal and pathological brain development. By manipulating the rate and pattern of neuronal migration using genetic tools and environmental factors, he, with his colleagues, discovered the hidden abnormalities of neuronal positioning that could not be discerned by routine postmortem examination. Rakic also provided the direct evidence for the competitive interactions among neuronal connections before birth, and showed that axons, synapses and neurotransmitter receptors are overproduced before attaining the adult levels by the process of activity-dependent stabilization and selective elimination. The major goal is to help understand pathogenesis of a variety of congenital brain malformations as well as to gain insight into possible developmental origins of disorders of higher brain functions.

Pasko Rakic is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Medicine, and foreign member of the Royal Society (London), Norwegian, Serbian and Croatian Academies. He has also been President of the Society for Neuroscience and recipient of many awards including the inaugural Kavli Neuroscience Prize.

Hosted by Marvin D. Nelson J.R., MD, MBA, FACR
Chairman, John L. Gwinn Professor of Radiology
Department of Pediatric Radiology
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Professor of Radiology
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California

Please click here to view event flyer and here to view Dr. Rakic’s CV.

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