Trojans from three schools teach journalism to local elementary school kids

USC News writes: “More than 100 elementary school students jumped at the chance to learn about writing and journalism from Trojans who represented three USC schools. The wRiting Engineering Arts Communications & Health (REACH) Symposium for kids attracted presenters and volunteers from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.”

USC Viterbi alumna helps underrepresented groups pursue college and STEM

Inspired by support she received during her studies, Dora Gerardo helped start a STEM conference for middle and high school girls from her old school district. The conference exposes students to STEM, but more importantly, shows them that a STEM career is achievable for all backgrounds. This year, they will host their third event.

USC Ostrow students travel to Nicaragua to provide oral health care to pediatric patients

USC News reported that approximately 50 students from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, along with 16 faculty members, are traveling to Masaya, Nicaragua, to work at the Las Conchitas elementary school to provide oral health care to pediatric patients as part of the USC Dental Humanitarian Outreach Program. Led by students, with the active participation of faculty and alumni, the program provides periodontal treatment, operative dentistry and oral surgery to those who need it most.

USC’s Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs marks 40 years of dialogue

USC News writes that “Real Talk Tuesdays,” weekly discussions in the office of USC’s Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs (CBCSA), “are officially held from noon to 2 p.m. But as the clock nears 4 p.m., the center is still packed with young scholars in the midst of impassioned dialogue. It’s a scene one might’ve observed in this exact location 40 years ago when the space was first dedicated to black USC students.”

USC Pacific Asia Museum reopens after seismic retrofit

L.A. Times writes on December 8: “The dragon-guarded gates to the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena are reopening to the public for the first time in more than a year after the seismic retrofit of its 1924 building, a makeover of galleries and construction of a new gift shop, among other changes.”

USC’s Ed Avol honored for his contributions to air pollution research

At the 2017 annual meeting of the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES), Ed Avol, Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine at USC, was recognized for his career as an exposure scientist in the field of air pollution research and its public health impacts. Avol received the Constance L. Mehlman Award which aims to “to recognize the ISEA member who has most helped shape a National or State policy with exposure analysis or affected a reduction or prevention of exposure.”

USC grad student Edwin Saucedo named 2019 Schwarzman Scholar, will study in Beijing

USC graduate student Edwin Saucedo has been selected as a 2019 Schwarzman Scholar and will undertake a one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Saucedo, 22, received his bachelor’s degree in public policy, planning and development this year from the USC Price School of Public Policy, where he is now pursuing a Master of Public Administration. A first-generation college student, he served as USC’s Undergraduate Student Government president from 2016-2017. He is a USC Presidential Scholar, a USC Norman Topping Scholar and a Gates Millennium Scholar.

USC’s Vanessa Gomez Brake awarded Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman InterReligious Leadership Award

Chicago Theological Seminary announced that Vanessa Gomez Brake is the winner of the 2018 Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman InterReligious Leadership Award, an initiative of the InterReligious Institute (IRI) at CTS. Over seventeen students submitted proposals identifying a specific issue or gap within a particular context able to be addressed through an interreligious event or initiative. Gomez Brake described her initiative as a Movement/Migration and is planning “an evening of multi-dimensional storytelling on the University of Southern California campus. Grounded in the values imparted by religions, cultural traditions, ethical stances and worldviews, student performers will share stories on the theme of movement and migration.”