Monday, October 16, 2017

Bridge Institute ChemBio Seminar | Alain Milon | October 18th at TRF 120

Alain Milon, Ph.D.
Institut de Pharmacologie et de Biologie Structurale (IPBS) Toulouse,
Department of Structural Biology and Biophysics

Title: NMR Analyses of the Structure and Dynamics of Klebsiella Pneumoniae OmpA Transmembrane Domain

Wednesday, October 18
2:00 pm
TRF 120

The transmembrane domain of kpOmpA possesses four long extracellular loops which exhibit substantial sequence vari¬ability throughout OmpA homologues in Enterobacteria. These loops are responsible for the immunological properties of the protein, such as cellular and humoral recognitions. Using liquid state NMR we have determined the 3D structure of kpOmpA in DHPC micelles (M. Renault et al., J. Mol. Biol. 2009). In a micellar environment, a complex dynamical behav¬ior has been observed: a rigid barrel core, ms motion at the micellar-water interface, and sub-ns motions within the loops. Using 1H and 13C detected solid state NMR relaxation measurements and proteolysis experiments, we have demonstrated the persistence of this complex motional behavior in E. coli polar lipid bilayers (I. Iordanov et al., Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 2012; O. Saurel et al., J Amer. chem. Soc., 2017). Using single molecule force spectroscopy we have shown that kpOmpA is able to unfold and refold reversibly its β-barrel core (P. Bosshart et al., Structure 2012). Finally, relaxation violated coher¬ence transfer NMR spectroscopy on Alanine residues provided an accurate determination of order parameters in the loops and barrel residues. These results provide a unique description of internal motion within a membrane protein and allow illustrating the power of liquid and solid state NMR.

The Scientific Community is Invited

bridge.usc.edu

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Research and Fellowships Week

Academic Honors and Fellowships, The Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs present the 3rd Annual Research and Fellowships Week from November 6-10, 2017!

Are you interested in learning more about research at USC?  Curious to find out how award opportunities like the Fulbright U.S. Student Program or fellowships for PhD students can fund future graduate study or research abroad? A variety of interactive sessions and panels will be offered to help answer these questions and more!  Hear from fellow Trojans, USC Faculty, and Foundation Representatives about how research and competitive fellowships complement one another and help enhance your undergraduate, graduate, and professional career.


Monday, November 6
Sessions located in TCC 227.

Research and Fellowships 101 – 11:00-11:50am
Target Audience: Undergraduates
What is research? What is a fellowship? This presentation will offer an introduction to undergraduate research at USC and explain how research experience can be an asset when applying for competitive fellowships such as the Rhodes Scholarship and Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Warren Bennis Scholars Program – 12:00-12:50pm 
Target Audience: Freshmen, Sophomores
The Warren Bennis Scholars Program is a two-year, honors leadership development experience for USC undergraduate students from all academic disciplines, who manifest high leadership potential and a passion for serving society. Each year, approximately 20 students are invited to begin the program in the fall semester of their junior year.

Focus on Ford Fellowships – 1:00-1:50pm 
Target Audience: Juniors, Seniors, Early Career PhDs
The Ford Fellowship seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity. In this session, Dr. Rhacel Salazar Parrenas, USC Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies and Regional Ford Liaison will provide an overview of Ford Foundation opportunities that are available to traditionally underrepresented students.

External Fellowships for PhD Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences – 2:00-2:50pm 
Target Audience: PhDs
A panel of funded PhDs will discuss opportunities and tips.

Tuesday, November 7
Sessions located in TCC 227.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars – 12:00-12:50pm
Target Audience: Undergraduates, Master’s
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program provides full funding for graduate study at Stanford University, with the goal of developing a new generation of global leaders.

Focus on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program – 1:00-1:50pm 
Target Audience: Juniors, Seniors, Early Career PhDs
The NSF GRFP recognizes outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

USC Stevens Center for Innovation – 2:00-2:50pm 
Target Audience: Postdoctoral Scholars, PhDs, Doctoral, Master’s
Staff will present an introduction to working with USC Stevens and cover university intellectual property policies.

Wednesday, November 8
Sessions located in TCC 302.

Rotary Global Grant – 11:00-11:50am
Target Audience: Undergraduates, Master’s, PhDs
Rotary Global Grants are used to fund graduate level study as well as sustainable, measurable, and needs-based community service projects related to one of six areas of focus.

Boren Scholarship – 12:00-12:50pm 
Target Audience: Undergraduates – U.S. Citizenship Required
The Boren Scholarship provides funding to study less commonly taught languages for at least six months in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Applicants should have an interest in national security and working for the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Postdoc Funding Opportunities Workshop and Information Session – 1:00-1:50pm 
Target Audience: Postdoctoral Scholars, PhDs
This session will cover postdoc funding opportunities, grant writing techniques, and tips from recent award recipients.

USC Advanced PhD Fellowships – 2:00-2:50pm 
Target Audience: PhDs
The USC Graduate School will discuss competitively awarded fellowships for students who have successfully completed the first year of their PhD program.

Thursday, November 9
Sessions located in TCC 227 or, if noted, Health Sciences Campus NRT 503/504.

Focus on Asia: Research, Intern and Study Abroad – 12:00-12:50pm 
Target Audience: Undergraduates, Master’s
Staff from the East Asian Studies Center and Academic Honors and Fellowships will discuss FLAS, Luce and Schwarzman Scholarships among other funding opportunities to support your studies in Asia.

Fellowships for International PhD Students – 1:00-1:50pm 
Target Audience: International PhDs
Staff from the Graduate School will discuss funding available to international PhD students.

Postdoc Funding Opportunities Workshop and Information Session – 1:00-2:30pm *located in HSC NRT 503/504* 
Target Audience: Postdoctoral Scholars, PhDs
This session will cover postdoc funding opportunities, grant writing techniques, and tips from recent award recipients.

External Fellowship Opportunities for PhDs in Health Fields – 3:00-3:50pm *located in HSC NRT 503/504* 
Target Audience: PhDs
A panel of funded PhDs will discuss opportunities and tips.

Friday, November 10
Sessions located in TCC 302.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program – 11:00-11:50am 
Target Audience: Undergraduates, Master’s, PhDs – U.S. Citizenship Required
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides funding to carry out a research project, graduate study or teach English for an academic year in over 140 countries outside of the United States.

Postdoctoral Opportunity: The Tufts Training in Education And Critical Research Skills Program

We would like to tell you about an exciting postdoctoral training program that is in place at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.  This program, called TEACRS (Training in Education and Critical Research Skills), is funded by the Institution Research and Career Development Award (IRACDA) mechanism of NIH-GMS.      

TEACRS is designed to prepare talented young scientists for the multiple demands of an academic career in biomedical research. Trainees spend on average 75% of their time conducting bench research and 25% of their time in career development activities. Teaching skills are developed through programs involving mentored classroom assignments at minority-serving institutions in the Boston area.  The training is supplemented by workshops on teaching methods, career opportunities in academia, and essential skills such as grant writing, mentoring, and scientific presentations.  The training components are sequenced to allow trainees to balance the activities and to build on previous experiences. TEACRS fellows receive up to four years of salary support and a yearly travel and supply allowance.

The application deadline for positions beginning in the fall of 2018 is March 1. Later applications will be considered if positions are available.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with no more than two years of postdoctoral training at the time of their appointment to the program. Commitment to the goals of the program, strong academic and research credentials and a demonstrated interest in teaching and mentoring will be important criteria used in the selection process.

For additional information on the TEACRS program and application procedures, please visit our website, or contact Claire Moore, the Program Director, or Jordan Wilkinson, the Program’s Research Administrator with questions. We have also attached a printable flier describing the program.

Best wishes,

Claire Moore
TEACRS Program Director

Mitch McVey
TEACRS Program Co-Director

Jordan Wilkinson
TEACRS Program Research Administrator

Sunday, October 8, 2017

USC Lifespan Health Summit - Call for Posters

Berea College Faculty Announcement

Berea College currently has a faculty opening in our Biology Department; please use the link below for more information: https://www.berea.edu/human-resources/faculty-positions/

Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition.  Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.

Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 14,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville.  More information about Berea College is available at www.berea.edu.

Ingenuity Pathway and Variants Analysis software Onsite training at USC, Thur Oct. 26, 2017

USC Libraries Bioinformatics Service is pleased to announce the Ingenuity Pathways (IPA) and Ingenuity Variants (IVA) software onsite training at USC.  With live demos and hands-on practices, this workshop will help you learn to use the two powerful software to understand the underlying biology of your high-throughput data.  See attached flyer for more information.

Time: 9 am to 4:30 pm, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
Location: McKibben Annex 249 (MCH), Health Sciences Campus

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided
                       
Registration is mandatory as seating is limited: https://uschsl.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b8y8l4V8lBO89kp

Training agenda

8:30am: Coffee/snacks provided by USC Libraries
9-noon: Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA) Hands-on Training

12-1pm: Lunch provided by QIAGEN

1-2:00pm: New cutting-edge tools in IPA
IsoProfiler Enhancements
Phosphorylation Analysis
Analysis Match

2:00-4:00pm: Ingenuity Variant Analysis (IVA) Hands-on Training

This workshop is part of the FY2018 USC Libraries Bioinformatics Training Series, funded by USC Libraries Dean’s Challenge Grant.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

USC Libraries Bioinformatics Service
nmlbio@usc.edu
nml.usc.edu/bioinformatics



Sunday, October 1, 2017

Insight Data Fellows Programs announcement for USC

Insight Data Fellows Programs

Insight is now accepting applications for the January 2018 fellowships in Data Science, Health Data Science, Data Engineering, and Artificial Intelligence.

900+ Insight alumni are now data scientists and data engineers at Facebook, LinkedIn, The New York Times, Apple, Airbnb, Netflix, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Github, Slack, Seven Bridges Genomics, Twitter, Bloomberg, NBC, Pinterest, Microsoft, and 250+ other top companies.

Insight Fellows Programs:

- 7 week, full-time training fellowship
- Mentorship from leading industry data scientists, data engineers & AI specialists
- Join an active community of Insight alumni
- Self-directed, project-based learning followed by interviews at top companies
- Tuition-free with need-based scholarships available to help cover living costs

Application Deadline: October 23rd

Insight awards four distinct Fellowships - learn more & apply:

Data Science
- For PhDs & Postdocs (graduating by May 2018)
- Locations: Silicon Valley, NYC, Boston, Seattle & Remote
- Apply: http://insightdatascience.com

Health Data Science
- For PhDs, Postdocs & MDs (graduating by May 2018)
- Locations: Silicon Valley & Boston
- Apply: http://insighthealthdata.com

Data Engineering
- For Bachelors, Masters or PhDs (graduating by May 2018) & professional engineers
- Locations: Silicon Valley & NYC
- Apply: http://insightdataengineering.com

Artificial Intelligence
- For Bachelors, Masters or PhDs (graduating by May 2018) & professional engineers
- Locations: Silicon Valley & NYC
- Apply: http://insightdata.ai

Not ready to apply? Sign up for our notification list:
http://insightdatascience.com/notify

Questions? Email us at info@insightdatascience.com

CLC Genomics Onsite training at USC, Oct. 17, 2017

Bioinformatics opportunity in Dept. of Translational Genomics (Keck School of Med)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

You're invited to Cell Tissue Science 2018

We are happy to bring to your notice that Conference Series is hosting the “11th World Congress on Cell & Tissue Science" (Cell Tissue Science 2018) during May 14th -15th, 2018 at Tokyo, Japan.    

The main theme of the conference is “Advancement and Challenges Long-Held on Cell and Tissue Science". Cell Tissue Science 2018, a well-rounded two day event consisting of a lettered scientific program, laudable talks by the top-notch of the global scientific community, sterling workshop sessions, oral and poster presentations of peer-reviewed contributed papers and innovative research products which can be exhibited for further development of Integrative Science.
Based on your eminence in the field, with great pleasure we would like to invite you as a speaker for the scientific collaboration with Cell Tissue Science 2018 event.

It would be great pleasure for me to welcome you for the conference Cell Tissue Science 2018 in Tokyo, Japan to share your expertise. Kindly submit your abstract for your potential speech at the event.

Please Click Here to submit you’re abstract.

Grad School Fellowship Online Course and Fellowship Week

This summer, the Graduate School launched an Online Fellowship Course designed for early career PhDs. The course provides information on the types of funding available to USC PhDs and includes interviews with recipients, resources and tips. All new 2017 PhD students should have been automatically enrolled in the course. They can access it by logging in to the Blackboard system with a USC email ID and password: https://blackboard.usc.edu/webapps/login/.

We also wanted to let you know about the upcoming Research and Fellowship Week that will be held from November 6-10, 2017. A collaboration between Academic Honors and Fellowships, the Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the week will include numerous programs for students from all levels. More information about the various events can be found here: https://ahf.usc.edu/rfw/

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

New Eye Care Provider for Students

Effective August 14, 2017, the USC Roski Eye Institute is the exclusive eye care provider for all students enrolled in the On Campus insurance plan. Students can call Roski Eye Institute at 1(833) USC-EYES for assistance with eligibility, scheduling appointments, finding a provider and any other questions or concerns.

USC Roski Eye Institute Vision Coverage Summary

If you are not on the On Campus insurance plan, but would still like to enroll in the vision coverage, please fill out the online enrollment form below. Again, for any questions regarding the voluntary plan, please call 1(833) USC-EYES.

Vision Plan Voluntary Enrollment Form

Additional information regarding your student health insurance plan can be found on the Student Health website: http://engemannshc.usc.edu/insurance/insurance-plan/.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Seminar: Careers in Science and Technology Policy, Sept 8th 1pm RRI 101


The USC Science Policy Group and the MOL Professional Development Committee Presents:

Dr. Dave Baiocchi is a senior researcher at the RAND Corporation's Applied Sciences and Technology division. He works on policy analysis and will give a talk about what science policy is and how people with technical science backgrounds can get involved. He often runs workshops on problem solving in really interesting science questions for various groups, including government agencies and students.

He'll give an introduction to Science Policy, talk about what work at RAND is like, how they hire and what to think about if you want to move into this, and then a Q&A session.

Friday September 8th
RRI 101
1-2pm (NOTE: not during usual seminar time!!!)

Open to everyone! Refreshments will be served afterwards.

Stress, Mindfulness, and Support for Graduate Students


The Diversity, Inclusion and Access Academic and Professional Development Series provides graduate students the opportunity to participate in networking and professional development events throughout the semester.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Graduate Research Opportunities at DOE National Laboratories

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2017 Solicitation 2.  Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at: https://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/facility 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 host DOE laboratories/facilities. 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/facility during the award period. 

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2017 Solicitation 2, for project periods beginning anytime between June 4, 2018 and October 1, 2018. 
  
For any questions, please contact sc.scgsr@science.doe.gov.

First Gen Professionals Cross-School Fall Mixer


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.

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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!