Monday, June 12, 2017

Wildlife/Plant Biologist Position with Redhorse

Wildlife/Plant Biologist position with Redhorse:

https://www.appone.com/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=1542306&B_ID=91&fid=1&Adid=&ssbgcolor=FFFFFF&SearchScreenID=2363&CountryID=3&LanguageID=2

We have an excellent team of biologists and archaeologists working on natural and cultural resources management at Fort Irwin, as well at Edwards Air Force Base. Please let me know if you have any questions. Students can also contact me directly to discuss the position.

Lynda Arakelian, PMP, LEED GA
Environmental & Sustainability Manager
Redhorse Corporation
1370 India Street, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92101
W: (619) 241-4609 Ext 856
C: (415) 216-3018
lynda.arakelian@redhorsecorp.com
www.redhorsecorp.com

Thesis Center Information Session (HSC) and Thesis Center Office Hours (UPC)

The Graduate School will be hosting a Thesis Center information session for students who are submitting their thesis or dissertation. The session will be about 50 minutes long. Advisors and faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend.

There will be one session on Health Sciences Campus:
Wednesday June 14th, 2017 @ 12:00 PM, in MCH 256

Next week, I will be holding Thesis Center Office Hours. Office Hours will be held in the Graduate School Conference Room, in STU 301, between 6/14/17 and 6/23/17. Office Hours appointments can be scheduled on the Graduate School website, in the Graduate Events page: http://graduateschool.usc.edu/events/.

If students, advisors, or faculty need one-on-one assistance with submitting to Thesis Center, these sessions will be very helpful for them.

Topics will include important information for both students and advisors, such as:
Thesis Center navigation
submission deadlines
required documentation
Finalizing publishing information with the USC Digital Library

Please pass this incredibly valuable information along to your students and faculty! There will be an opportunity for questions following the presentation. These dates and times will also be listed in myGradSchool for reference.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowships in 2018-19

We are writing share information about postdoctoral fellowship opportunities with the Fulbright US Scholar Program. We hope that you will share this message with eligible colleagues and graduate students, or recommend someone via our online referral system. We will follow up with all referred individuals, providing tailored guidance on the application process and directing them to the most appropriate awards. Highlights for the 2018-19 competition include:

Postdoctoral Fellowship to Israel

These unique and prestigious grants are open to researchers in all academic disciplines and support programs of work for up to 20 months (two academic years). Applicants may be hosted by any accredited institution of higher education or research center in Israel. To be eligible for a Fulbright fellowship beginning in 2018, candidates must have received their Ph.D. degrees no earlier than April 2015. Holders of tenure track positions are not eligible to apply. Individuals who have already begun postdoctoral research activities in Israel prior to the application date are also not eligible.

Fulbright-EHESS Post-Doctoral Award (Junior Research) to France  (relevant to Cognitive Science and Mathematics)
The Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) is an esteemed university located in Paris, France. The first mission of the EHESS is to help young researchers acquire an international scientific background through the quality of its training, the international profiles of its professors and the quality and scope of its research. In addition to pursuing his or her own research, the grantee will participate in a seminar series conducted by the associated research center. French language proficiency sufficient to complete the research project is required, and applicants must obtain their Ph.D. by June 2018 to be eligible.


Applicants are welcome to join us on May 10 at 2PM EST for our annual Fulbright Grants for Postdoctoral and Early Career Applicants webinar. You can also explore hundreds of other grant opportunities in our Catalog of Awards. Applications are due August 1, 2017.

For additional information, please contact middleeastnorthafrica@iie.org or EuropeEurasia@iie.org.

Postdoc opportunities

PathwaysToScience.org has 167 different postdoc and early career opportunities posted on the site, including postdoctoral fellowships, grants, travel awards, mentoring opportunities, and more.

Browse the full list of opportunities here:
http://pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspx?u=Postdocs_Postdoc+%26+Early+Career&submit=y&all=all

Or use our advanced search page to narrow your results:

http://pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspx?adv=adv

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Watershed Stewards Program

Watershed Stewards Program (WSP), a natural resources program, is currently recruiting 48 Members to serve in our 10.5 month program throughout California.

WSP offers exceptional training and hands-on experience for individuals interested in natural resources and watershed protection. The mission of WSP is to conserve, restore, and enhance anadromous watersheds for future generations by linking education with high quality scientific practices.

I have attached position descriptions for the Member and Team Leader position for our 24th program year. Please visit our website at www.ccc.ca.gov/go/wsp to learn more.





Earth Sciences Colloquium | Rob Eagle Tripati from UCLA

Rob Tripati (UCLA) will be coming tomorrow to speak about "Cross-disciplinary approaches to understand the response of marine organisms to changing oceanic conditions in a high CO2 world”.

Abstract: The growth response of calcium carbonate mineralizing organisms to elevated CO2 conditions is extremely diverse. Some organisms are negatively influenced by CO2-induced seawater carbonate system perturbations and associated pH decline, producing less calcium carbonate in their shells or skeletons. Yet, other organisms are resilient and positive growth response for some species has been observed in culture experiments. Many organisms produce their shells and skeletons from an internal fluid pool that is chemically distinct from seawater. Here we address the hypothesis that an organism’s ability to regulate the pH and carbonate chemistry of their internal calcification fluid and their ability to buffer internal pH from changes in external seawater chemistry is a significant factor in the observed diversity of organismal responses to increasing CO2 conditions. To address this we combine approaches from geochemistry and cellular biology, using measurements of δ11B and pH microelectrodes to probe the calcification site pH of a range of different marine calcifying organisms cultured across a range of CO2 levels. Our data shows an extremely diverse range of isotopic and microelectrode signatures. In some cases this diversity is coupled to net calcification response, suggesting a primary internal pH control over shell growth, and in other cases it is decoupled suggesting additional complexity in organismal calcification responses to CO2.

Monday, April 17, 2017

2016-17 BISC Honors Luncheon Program

Please note: We are no longer accepting RSVPs for this event.

Page 1 & 6


Page 2 & 5


Page 3


Page 4

PBK Scholarship available to final year international graduate students

Two awards, in the amount of $2,000, are available from the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association for international students who will be in the “final year of their program and seeking degrees which are considered “terminal” in their field,” i.e. PhD or MFA.

Completed copies of the attached application should be uploaded to https://app.wizehive.com/apps/USCPBK as a single PDF by Friday, May 5, 2017. Two letters of recommendation should be sent to gradfllw@usc.edu by the end of the day on Friday, May 5, 2017.

Please contact Kate Tegmeyer at gradfllw@usc.edu if there are any questions.



Sunday, April 9, 2017

MEMS and Microfluidics Technologies for Plant Phenomics and Sustainable Agriculture and Environment


Housing available to Grad Students

Minimizing cheating through course design

MEB Seminar Series | Grad Student Presentations | 4/11, 12 PM, AHF Torrey Webb Room

Jayme Smith, PhD Candidate
PI: Dr. David Caron
Title: "Dissolved Algal Toxins in Southern California Waters"
Abstract: Harmful algal blooms (HABs) have been increasing globally, particularly along the North American west coast, threatening marine wildlife, human health, and commercial fisheries. HAB species of particular concern in southern California waters include those of the dinoflagellate genus Alexandrium (saxitoxin producer) and Dinophysis (okadaic acid producer), and diatom genus Pseudo-nitzchia (domoic acid producer). Toxic strains of these species produce toxins that cause illness and sometimes death in humans and marine wildlife. We utilized a new technique called Solid Phase Adsorption Toxin Tracking (SPATT) to monitor dissolved algal toxins at several locations along the southern California coast. SPATT has the advantage of integrating dissolved algal toxins present in the water throughout the deployment period, providing information about events that may occur between discrete sampling periods. We utilized SPATT for short studies at Catalina Island and on temporary offshore moorings, as well as a long-term study at our Newport Beach Pier HAB monitoring station. SPATT samples were analyzed for saxitoxin, and domoic acid and a subset of samples were tested for okadaic acid. Our data revealed the regular occurrence of at least one algal toxin at all study sites. Algal toxins were present in at least 64% of samples from our long-term site. Perhaps more concerning, we found that multiple toxins often co-occurred, presenting an increased risk to human and wildlife health.
 
Xiaoshen Yin, PhD Candidate
PI: Dr. Dennis Hedgecock
Title: "Mapping genes determining Type-III survivorship in the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas"
Abstract: The Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas has a high mortality during its early life stages (type III survivorship). Previous mapping of genetic factors affecting viability (quantitative trait loci, vQTL) has revealed ~7-13 vQTL in each family of Pacific oysters. Estimated genetic inviability caused by vQTL ranges from 96% to 99%, which accounts for the high early mortality in the Pacific oyster. However, these previous studies used low-density linkage maps, which make it hard to pinpoint genomic regions containing vQTL accurately. To resolve this issue, I constructed high-density linkage maps with single nucleotide polymorphism markers (SNPs), generated from Illumina sequencing (genotyping-by-sequencing, GBS). The linkage map has an average interval between markers of 0.65 cM, about 12 times denser than previous linkage maps. Using these high-density linkage maps, I discovered 9-14 vQTL in six F2 families and estimated cumulative genetic mortality to be 96%-99%, which is consistent with previous studies. High-density linkage maps, on the other hand, more narrowly localize vQTL peaks caused by recessive viability mutations than did low-density maps, improving the accuracy of vQTL mapping. Finally, high-density linkage maps are effective in teasing apart multiple deleterious mutations and their genetic effects under broad vQTL peaks.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Faculty Fast Five: Ian Ehrenreich


Ian Ehrenreich

What is your favorite book?

James Joyce, A portrait of the artist as a young man. This book helped me think a lot about my own process of discovering who I am and what I care about.

Do you remember your first classroom science experiment as a child?

No. But I do remember I greatly enjoyed gardening and that working with plants when I was young made me think more about the biological world.

What's your favorite scientific discovery in history?

Tie. Mendel and Darwin respectively recognizing the basic principles of heredity and evolutionary diversification by natural selection. 

What excites you about science today?

Two amazing technologies really excite me right now. These are CRISPR/Cas9, which allows us to genetically modify organisms with ease, and long read DNA sequencing, which enables us to determine the genomic sequence of nearly any species. These technologies are transforming our making it possible to pursue genetic and genomics research in any species. 

If you would describe a day in your life at USC by using a character (preferably Scientist) from a movie who would it be?

Honestly, I rarely am able to do experiments any more because I wear so many hats. As a professor, my job is more so to inspire students to discover what they care about and make the most of their opportunities in education and life. In this way, maybe my job is similar to Robin Williams' character in Dead Poets Society.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Why Don't They Understand Me? Pronunciation in a U.S. Business Setting



Why Don't they Understand Me? Pronunciation in a U.S. Business Setting
Thursday, March 30, 2017, 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Taper Hall (THH) 201 

While English is the lingua-franca in U.S. business settings, the variety of English accents can cause communication breakdowns. This workshop, presented by American Language Institute Master Lecturer Barry Griner, focuses on areas of pronunciation that you can adjust so that your accent is more easily understood by future colleagues and employers.



Small Molecule-induced Cell Fate Reprogramming


From gene list to biology part I: pathways and diseases

Norris Medical Library Bioinformatics Service is pleased to present “From gene list to biology part I: pathways and diseases”.  This workshop will explain the basics of functional enrichment analysis and showcase how to explore the biological impact of your differentially expressed genes.

·         What is functional enrichment analysis
·         Gene Ontology and biological pathways
·         Perform and interpret Core Analysis in Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA)

Time: Noon - 1pm, Wednesday, March 29th
Location: Norris Medical Library, West Conference Room (basement level in the library)
Lunch will be provided
                     
Registration is mandatory.  Seating is limited to 45 attendees.
https://uschsl.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_81G3B0f21ISSL9H

Integrated Large-Scale Heterogeneous Measurements in Single Cells

David Van Valen, M.D. Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Bioengineering 
Stanford University

"Integrated Large-Scale Heterogeneous Measurements in Single Cells"

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Q & A to follow

Harkness Auditorium
HSC - Clinical Sciences Building, 2nd Floor
2250 Alcazar Street, CSC 250, Los Angeles, CA

Abstract:
Individual cells differ markedly in their behavior, and these differences often confound attempts to determine biological mechanism using bulk methods. In this talk, we present work connecting recent advances in imaging, genomics, and machine learning to meet this challenge. We demonstrate how deep learning can be used to identify single cells in microscope images, paving the way for fully automated analysis workflows. We also present a new method that connects live-cell imaging with single-cell genomics to measure signaling dynamics and a genome wide gene expression profile in the same individual cell. We use this new approach to discover how heterogeneous NF-κB dynamics are decoded by the genome.

Emerging Trends in Heart Valve Engineering and Translation to Clinical Medicine


Emerging Trends in Heart Valve Engineering and Translation to Clinical Medicine

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
1pm RRI Conference Room 101

Valvular heart disease is an increasingly common cause of cardiovascular disease in the United States and is equally impactful around the globe. This burden of disease leads to over 300,000 heart valve replacement surgeries each year worldwide. It is anticipated that the number of patients requiring valve replacement worldwide will triple by 2050, leading some to describe heart valve disease as “the next cardiac epidemic”.
Heart valves cannot naturally regenerate or heal. The current approaches to heart valve disease is either to repair or replace a native heart valve. Heart valve engineering is a branch of biomedical engineering focused on the research and development of devices to replace or repair a diseased heart valve. At my lab, we have four different heart valve research pipelines, including a transcatheter aortic valve (FoldaValve), a transcatheter system for atrioventricular valves, a bi-leaflet mitral valve and a hybrid tissue-engineered valve. In this presentation, I will go over different aspects of the heart valve engineering, clinical unmet needs and discuss the research and development related to the heart valves currently being developed and studied at my laboratory.

Arash Kheradvar, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests are focused on developing novel heart valves, cardiac fluid dynamics, and new cardiac imaging technologies. He is the author of more than 45 journal articles and the lead inventor of 45 issued and pending patents in cardiovascular area, mainly on heart valve technologies and imaging modalities. Dr. Kheradvar received M.D. from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2000 and a Bioengineering Ph.D. from Caltech in 2006. He is an elected Fellow to the American Heart Association by two councils of Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention, and Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia. For more information see http://kheradvar.eng.uci.edu/

Science in a Regulatory Agency Event

Science in a Regulatory Agency
Thursday, April 6th, 2017
ZHS 200, 1pm (lunch is included)


Being a scientist in a regulatory agency holds challenges unique in the scientific community. Such a position requires a clear understanding of the differences between science and policy, and requires that a scientist is continually aware of the need to protect and maintain her independence and objectivity. While scientists in the academic community have the freedom to make policy recommendations, researchers in a regulatory agency must stop short of advocating for particular policy choices, while at the same time conducting science that informs those policy choices. The line between informing and advocating is not always clear, especially as science becomes increasingly politicized. We will discuss some of the sensitivities, challenges, and opportunities that come with doing science in a regulatory setting.

Dr. C.A. (Andy) Miller is the Associate Director for Climate with EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and represents EPA at the US Global Change Research Program. Most of his 26 years have been with ORD, where he conducted research on characterization and control of combustion-generated air pollution and on climate change impacts, adaptation, and mitigation. He also spent several months working for the Office of Air and Radiation on a regulation to control oxides of nitrogen from power plants. Andy has served as a team lead for PM research, and was Acting National Program Director for ORD’s PM research program. He received a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University. He is currently located in the Southern California Field Office, part of EPA’s Region 9, but continues to work for ORD from Los Angeles.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

AIM For Mental Health


USC is hosting a Mental Health Awareness event, called AIM, on Thursday, March 30, from 5-7 PM.  There will be food, resources, speakers, live music, info tables, and freebies for students. 

Neurodevelopmental Pathways to Psychosis: Following the Lead of Sarnoff Mednick

RSVP HERE







Saturday, March 11, 2017

Scientifically Speaking at University of Southern California

Scientifically Speaking at University of Southern California

Public Engagement Workshop presented by
Sense About Science USA (http://www.senseaboutscienceusa.org/)
& Science Policy Group at USC(http://earth.usc.edu/sciencepolicy/):

Friday March 24: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm (dinner provided)
On USC campus (VKC150)


12:45 pm to 1:00 pm   Registration Opens

1:00 pm to 1:45 am   Introduction to science communication
An interactive discussion about why public engagement is important and some of the main attributes.

1:45 am to 3:15 pm   Scientists & public engagement:
A discussion by scientists about their experiences working with the media, policy makers and/or the public. Why is public engagement important and what do young scientists need to know?

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm   Learning from communicators:
A panel of journalists, science communicators, and outreach specialists will explain how they approach science stories and public engagement. How can scientists help journalists, policy makers, and the public in better understanding scientific progress?

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm   Group work & closing discussion

RSVP here.


Monday, March 6, 2017

2017 BCC Junior Faculty Candidate Symposium


Science Communication Workshop

The Science Policy Group at USC is working with Sense About Science to put on a half day, hands-on workshop for all interested in science. It will be led by journalists and science communicators. This is intended to encourage scientists to be involved in outreach and learn how others have done so.

March 24, 2017
1pm-6pm (includes dinner)

RSVP here!

Feel free to direct any questions to me.
Liana

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Beyond the PhD - March 28th

'Beyond the PhD' brings together renowned speakers from industry and academia to discuss how PhD students and postdocs can apply their education, experience and skills to prospective careers beyond and within academia. It is also a great opportunity for participants to make contacts! We had an impressive turnout of 300 students last year and they hugely benefited from this event.

This year, we have an even more exciting lineup and strongly recommend that you encourage students in your department to participate. Please refer to the attached flyer for the schedule. We need your assistance in spreading the word to them. This event is absolutely FREE to all participants and breakfast, lunch and snacks are served. Participants must RSVP here - 2017 Beyond The PhD



Beyond the PhD
6th Annual PhD and Postdoctoral Career Conference
Tuesday, March 28 2017
Hotel Radisson Midtown
3540 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Graduate Research Opportunity at DOE National Laboratories

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2017 Solicitation 1.  Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Tuesday May 16, 2017.

Starting from 2015 Solicitation 2, the SCGSR program is open to graduate students with Permanent Resident status, in addition to U.S. Citizens, who meet all other eligibility requirements. Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/.  

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis/dissertation while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2017 Solicitation 1, for project periods beginning anytime between October 30, 2017 and February 28, 2018.

Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to over 200 graduate awardees from about 90 different universities to conduct thesis research at DOE national laboratories across the nation.
The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories, and the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE).

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge, at sc.scgsr@science.doe.gov.

U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Student Perspectives on Incorporating Technology into the Classroom to Maximize Learning

Monday, Mar 27, 2017 | 12:00pm-1:00pm
TBA - Lunch provided

Based on a wide range of courses taken at USC, senior undergraduate students will share their perspectives and insights on effective use of technology to enhance learning.

Presented by: CET Faculty Fellow Ruth Chung & CET Undergraduate Fellows Wilson Lin & Kshitji Kumar

RSVP

Course Design for Student Success: Improving your Course Through Mid-Semester Evaluations

Course Design for Student Success: Improving your Course Through
Mid-Semester Evaluations


Friday, Feb 24, 2017 | Noon-1:00pm
ACB 238  - Lunch provided

Design course-specific mid-semester evaluations to guide improvement of instruction earlier in the semester. In this active-learning workshop, participants will select evaluation questions that provide actionable data and plan appropriate interventions to the student responses. Feel free to bring your course syllabus. Instructional designers will be available for consultation after the workshop.

Presented by: CET Instructional Designers: Katherine Guevara and Robert Sweeney

RSVP

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Interdisciplinary Opportunities @ USC (for undergraduates)

Interdisciplinary Opportunities @ USC
(for undergraduates)
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2017 | 1:00pm-2:00pm


THH 309

Interested in making the most of your interdisciplinary passions? The panel will discuss interdisciplinary research opportunities, majors/minors, classes, and student organizations to help undergraduates make the most of all the interesting and diverse learning experiences USC has to offer!

Presented by: CET Undergraduate Fellows

RSVP

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Student Perspectives on Incorporating Technology into the Classroom to Maximize Learning

Student Perspectives on Incorporating Technology into the Classroom to Maximize Learning


Monday, Mar 27, 2017 | 12:00pm-1:00pm
TBA - Lunch provided

Based on a wide range of courses taken at USC, senior undergraduate students will share their perspectives and insights on effective use of technology to enhance learning.

Presented by: CET Faculty Fellow Ruth Chung & CET Undergraduate Fellows Wilson Lin & Kshitji Kumar

RSVP

Course Design for Student Success: Improving your Course Through Mid-Semester Evaluations


Course Design for Student Success: Improving your Course Through
Mid-Semester Evaluations
Friday, Feb 24, 2017 | Noon-1:00pm

ACB 238  - Lunch provided



Design course-specific mid-semester evaluations to guide improvement of instruction earlier in the semester. In this active-learning workshop, participants will select evaluation questions that provide actionable data and plan appropriate interventions to the student responses. Feel free to bring your course syllabus. Instructional designers will be available for consultation after the workshop.


Presented by: CET Instructional Designers: Katherine Guevara and Robert Sweeney

RSVP

Interdisciplinary Opportunities @ USC



Interdisciplinary Opportunities @ USC
(for undergraduates)
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 | 1pm-2pm

VKC 101

Interested in making the most of your interdisciplinary passions? The panel will discuss interdisciplinary research opportunities, majors/minors, classes, and student organizations to help undergraduates make the most of all the interesting and diverse learning experiences USC has to offer!

Presented by: CET Undergraduate Fellows

RSVP

Project Scientist Academy


Thesis Center Information Sessions


Samuel Mantell will be hosting Thesis Center information Sessions for students who are submitting their thesis or dissertation. The sessions will be about 50 minutes long. Advisors and faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend.

There will be one session on University Park Campus, and one session on Health Sciences Campus:
·         HSC: Wednesday March 1st, 2017 @ 12:00, in MCH 156
·         UPC: Wednesday March 8th, 2017 @12:00, in THH 201

Topics will include important information for both students and advisors, such as:
·         Thesis Center navigation
·         submission deadlines
·         required documentation
·         Finalizing publishing information with the USC Digital Library

There will be an opportunity for questions following the presentation. These dates and times will also be listed in myGradSchool for reference. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Insight Summer Fellowships - Summer 2017

Insight Summer Fellowships - Summer 2017

The Insight Data Fellows Programs are tuition-free professional Fellowships for students and postdocs looking to transition to careers in data science, health data science, data engineering, or artificial intelligence. Over the last 5 years, we have helped over 750 graduate students and postdocs who are all now data scientists and engineers at over 200 leading data companies across the United States.



750+ Insight alumni are now data scientists and data engineers at Facebook, LinkedIn, The New York Times, Apple, Airbnb, Netflix, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Uber, Seven Bridges Genomics, Twitter, Bloomberg, NBC, Microsoft, and 200+ other top companies.

Insight Fellowship:
7 week, full-time, post-graduate training Fellowship leading to full-time industry employment
Mentorship from leading industry data scientists, data engineers, and AI experts
Join an active community of Insight alumni
Self-directed, project-based learning with support from Insight throughout the whole process
Tuition-free with need-based scholarships available to help cover living costs

Insight awards four distinct Fellowships:

Data Engineering (New York City & Silicon Valley) starting May 30th
Deadline: March 29th
For post-docs or Bachelors, Masters, or PhD students who will graduate by September 2017
http://insightdataengineering.com

Data Science (Boston, New York City, Silicon Valley & remote) starting May 30th
Deadline: March 20th
For post-docs or PhD students who will graduate by September 2017
http://insightdatascience.com

Health Data Science (Boston & Silicon Valley) starting May 30th
Deadline: March 20th
For post-docs, MDs, MD students, or PhD students who will graduate by September 2017
http://insighthealthdata.com

Artificial Intelligence (New York) starting July 17th
Deadline: May 22nd
For post-docs or Bachelors, Masters, or PhD students who will graduate by December 2017
http://insightdata.ai


Questions? Email info@insightdatascience.com

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships

Deadline to apply: March 14, 2017
The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge of languages and cultures not generally included in U.S. curricula. More broadly, Fulbright-Hays programs aim to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchange.

Program Features:
The institutional project period is 18 months. Students may request funding for a period of no less than six months and no more than 12 months. Funds support travel expenses to and from the residence of the fellow and the country or countries of research; maintenance and dependent(s) allowances based on the location of research for the fellow and his or her dependent(s); an allowance for research-related expenses overseas; and health and accident insurance premiums. Projects focusing on Western Europe are not supported.

Eligible Applicants:
Institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the United States are eligible to apply for grants under this program. As part of the application process, students submit individual applications to the IHE. The IHE then submits all eligible individual student applications with its grant application to the U.S. Department of Education.  A student is eligible to receive a DDRA fellowship from his or her IHE if he or she:
Is a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States
Is a graduate student in good standing at an IHE
Is admitted to candidacy in a doctoral degree program in modern foreign languages or area studies at that institution when the fellowship period begins
Is planning a teaching career in the United States upon completion of his or her doctoral program
Possesses sufficient foreign language skills to carry out the dissertation research project

Apply Here

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

USC Monthly Biophysics Seminar Series: Aggregation of Proteins

University of Southern California Monthly Biophysics Seminar Series

“Aggregation of Proteins: Growth of Glucagon Fibrils and Bacterial Growth”

Andrej Kosmrlj, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Princeton University

Date: Friday, January 27, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: Ahmanson Center for Biology (ACB 238)

Simulcast on HSC: Herklotz Seminar Room (ZNI)

Abstract:
Misfolding and aggregation of peptides and proteins are the hallmarks of many human diseases.

With the advancement of microscopes, it is now possible to observe the kinetics of individual aggregates and fibrils in vitro. Interestingly, in some cases the growth of fibrils is intermittent, where the periods of growth are interrupted by periods of stasis. In this talk I will focus on the intermittent fibrillation of glucagon and I will describe how E. coli bacteria deal with harmful aggregates of misfolded proteins. Glucagon is a peptide hormone that upregulates blood sugar levels and is used to treat diabetic patients in situations of acute hypoglycemia. When dissolved in a fluid state, glucagon can form fibrils and become useless, as the fibrils cannot be absorbed and used by the body. The observed intermittent growth of glucagon fibrils can be explained with a simple model, where fibrils come in two forms, one built entirely from glucagon monomers and one entirely from glucagon trimers. The opposite building blocks act as fibril growth blockers, and this generic model reproduces experimental behavior well. Finally, I will discuss how E. coli bacteria deal with harmful aggregates of misfolded proteins that develop, when bacteria are under heat or antibiotic stress. In order to maximize the fitness of the whole population, bacteria distribute aggregates asymmetrically between their daughters, such that one daughter inherits the whole aggregate, while the other daughter receives none of it. Over time such asymmetric distribution of aggregates produces many “rejuvenated” bacteria with small aggregates that are quickly dividing at the expense of a few bacteria with large aggregates that are dividing very slowly.= 

Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation


The Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation is a highly competitive prize which honors scientists for their excellent contributions to neuromodulation research.  Neuromodulation is any form of alteration of nerve activity through the delivery of physical (electrical, magnetic, optical) stimulation or chemical agents to targeted sites of the body. Established in 2016, the prize is awarded annually for outstanding research as described in a 1,500 word essay based on research performed in the past three years.
The winner of the is awarded US $25,000 and publication of his or her essay in the journal Science. The Grand Prize essay and that of the Runner-up are also published on Science Online.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2017





Mindful USC

Wellness and the promotion of mental and physical health are longstanding priorities of the faculty, staff, and student communities at USC.  As a way of proactively addressing wellness on campus, we launched Mindful USC in 2014 as a secular, university-wide initiative focused on positive health outcomes and learning experiences for our campus community, especially in terms of stress reduction, workplace happiness, emotional intelligence, and creative expression.

Mindful USC offers free courses on mindfulness for students, faculty, and staff at USC, and since its inception, approximately 2,000 members of our university community have taken a Mindful USC course. The overwhelming majority of participants report significant improvements in terms of addressing stress and anxiety, and in developing more meaningful interpersonal relationships.

This semester, we are pleased to offer two sessions of Mindful USC courses, including courses on Mindfulness, Mindful Writing, Mindfulness Skills for Daily Living, and Mindful Self-Compassion. The first session starts on January 23rd and the second session will begin after spring break. We now also offer online mindfulness courses for our distance learning community.

If you are interested in taking a free mindfulness course on campus, please visit the Mindful USC website as enrollment is open now:


If the courses are full, please sign up for the Mindful USC newsletter and you will be notified when the second session of the semester begins.

Our university community is an inspiring place to teach and learn, but amidst the constant whirlwind of activity and information, it can be challenging to feel fully present in our lives and in our work. Mindfulness practices help us to be aware of ourselves in ways that increase attentiveness in the classroom, deepen the quality of teaching and learning, encourage creativity and innovation, and improve our ability to collaborate effectively. Over the last several years, Mindful USC has become a national model for mindfulness in higher education, and we are so grateful that so many members of our university community have availed themselves of this important campus resource.


For more information about Mindful USC, please contact us at mindful@usc.edu.

USC Health Sciences Campus Vendor Show


USC Health Sciences Campus Vendor Show
February 6, 2017 • 11:00A - 1:30P
The Eli & Edythe Broad CIRM Center • 1425 San Pablo Street
Discover the latest in new equipment, supplies, reagents & techniques all in one location from 30+ Vendors in the Life Science Industry.  Free catered lunch for attendees!

Save time and avoid registration lines by Pre-Registering! (Pre-Registration not required)

Who is Invited: PI's, Post-Docs, Researchers, Graduate Students, Purchasing

USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association (APAA) Scholarships


The application and complete eligibility information can be found here:
http://alumnigroups.usc.edu/apaa/scholarships.html

Some General Information:
Application Deadline: February 17, 2017
Number of Awards: 60 - 70
Amount: up to $3,000

Basic Eligibility:
All full-time undergraduate and graduate students with a 3.0 GPA who have shown a commitment to serve the Asian Pacific community.  Scholars are selected on both need and merit based criteria.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Countdown to Publication Event

Faculty Fast Five: Karla Heidelberg


Faculty Fast Five: Karla Heidelberg


We interviewed Karla Heidelberg, who was just recognized with this year's Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching. Learn a little more about Karla below with some fun questions. 

What is your favorite book? 

When asked to report on your favorite book, I feel that the expectation is that people will answer with some critically acclaimed book that alludes to a deep topic of societal relevance. While I have enjoyed many of these types of books, my favorite book is a little less weighty. Down Under: Travels in a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson combines humor, historical research, and a true sense of adventure – all things that I value. I might add that after reading one of his other books, A Short History or Nearly Everything, I couldn’t help but think that my BISC120 Intro to Biology lectures could have been much better if I incorporated his style of teaching and relating scientific information to students that are eager to get this prerequisite completed!

Was there a first science project/experiment that you remember and loved? 

As an undergraduate, I had an opportunity to work with one of my Professors on an EPA-funded study evaluating the toxicity effects of ALCOA aluminum plant discharge into the environment. We undertook field sampling and laboratory studies to test plant effluent toxicity on Daphnia (a freshwater zooplankton species) survival and reproduction. This was my first authentic research experience and the first time that I really considered human impacts on environmental systems. It changed how I thought about the field of science.

What's your favorite scientific discovery in history? 

The 1953 discovery of the structure of DNA from work based on the efforts of James Watson, Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin became one of the greatest scientific discoveries in modern history. The discovery that DNA occurred in a double-stranded/double helix molecule allowed for understanding of how the molecule copied itself and transferred genetic material across generations. This breakthrough has led to great discoveries in evolution, diversity, disease and behavior in biology. As a biological oceanographer, I am very interested in how organisms’ genetic makeup and gene expression affects their fitness in a given environment and how that, in turn, affects ocean function.

What excites you about science today? Specifically working in environmental studies. 

The scientific process is based on the critical analysis of information at hand. I like that we are taught, and in turn teach to others, that science is driven by the preponderance of evidence. What we know is a moving trajectory based on new discoveries and understanding. This way of thinking is exciting and provides structure for me -- countering the uncertainties of accepting what others tell us to accept.

I think that my favorite part of being the Director of the Dornsife Environmental Studies Program is interacting with truly passionate and diverse students in this program. A dynamic environmental studies class at USC will have students from multiple majors that argue points from very different perspectives. These perspectives remind me of the importance of promoting understanding of complex factors that drive our behavior toward science and toward environmental protection. Most of our students are eager to participate in off campus or non-traditional learning, and the lessons they bring back from the experiential learning motivates newer students and keeps our students motivated to try new things and take “learning risks” that prepare them for dynamic careers after graduation.  

If you had five words to describe a day in your life as a director at USC, what would it be? 

Tombstone won’t say I’m lazy.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Learn to Write Scientific Papers of the Future - 2/1/17



USC Office of Research session for students: Learn to Write Scientific Papers of the Future on Feb. 1st. 

Learn modern ways to practice open & reproducible science, get credit for research products, increase paper citations, augment vitae with data & software, write compelling Data Management Plans for proposals & comply with new funder & journal requirements. 

Time: 2/1/17 10:30-2pm
Location: UPC DML 240

RSVP at usccer@usc.edu.



Friday, January 13, 2017

Astrobiology Science Conference 2017

The AbSciCon 2017 will be held on April 24-28, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona. The theme this time around is "Diverse Life and its Detection on Different Worlds" with several sessions focusing on geobiology and geochemistry for life detection on Mars, Europa, exoplanets, others.

The session topics can be found here: http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/abscicon2017/program-abstracts/topics/

The main page is here: http://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/abscicon2017/

The abstract is due JANUARY 18.

There are student travel awards (due the same day as the abstract: Jan 18th) that any undergrad or grad can fill out.

STEM Crisis Discussion Event

The "STEM Crisis" and Science Policy
Open discussion with USC Public Policy Professor 
Jennifer Miller

Wednesday, January 18th
2pm 
ZHS 200

Does the US have a shortage of workers with STEM skills, or is it the opposite? How does science policy affect research centers, funding and distribution of positions, and higher STEM education? Join us next Wednesday for a discussion. If you want to, read the following articles about the debate before attending.

IEEE Spectrum "The STEM Crisis Is a Myth."
http://spectrum.ieee.org/at-work/education/the-stem-crisis-is-a-myth

Change the Equation "STEM HELP WANTED Demand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Weathers the Storm"

http://changetheequation.org/sites/default/files/CTEq_VitalSigns_Supply%20%282%29.pdf

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Course Evaluations Workshop for Faculty

Benefits and Approaches to using Mid-Semester Course Evaluations


Hear from colleagues who are experienced in conducting mid-semester course evaluations to discover how it can help to improve teaching effectiveness.

DML 240 | January 31, 12:30 - 1:30pm

Presented by: Devon Brooks, Associate Professor of Social Work; CET Fellow Ruth Chung, Associate Professor of Clinical Education; Kimberly Hirabayashi, Associate Professor of Clinical Education; CET Fellow Marion Philadelphia, Associate Professor of Clinical Management Communication

RSVP here