2019 Faculty Symposium

The Inauguration of Carol L. Folt

University of Southern California’s 12th President




USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Sook-Lei Liew, Assistant Professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, Neurology, and Biomedical Engineering; Director, Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory; Member, USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute
Topic: Innovation through Collaboration for Stroke Rehabilitation

USC School of Pharmacy
Erin Trish, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical and Health Economics and Associate Director, USC Schaeffer Center
Topic: Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills

Keck School of Medicine of USC
David Armstrong, Professor of Clinical Surgery and Director, Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance
Topic: Eliminating Amputations in People with Diabetes: A Merger of Next-Gen Team, Technology and Tenacity

USC Rossier School of Education
Julie Posselt, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Project Lead, California Consortium for Inclusive Doctoral Education
Topic: Our usual means of identifying talent in higher education reveal as much about how we see ourselves as they do about how we view students. How can we admit, hire, promote, and otherwise evaluate the next generation with greater purpose and equity?

Keck School of Medicine of USC
Lilyana Amezcua, Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology, MS Fellowship Program Director and MS Comprehensive Care and Research Group
Topic: Genetic Ancestry, Acculturation and Disability in Hispanics with Multiple Sclerosis

USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Stacey Finley, Gordon S. Marshall Early Career Chair and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Biological Sciences
Topic: Mathematical Oncology: Modeling and Simulations to Truly Understand Cancer and Develop Better Treatment Strategies

USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Beth Pyatak, Associate Professor, Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Ostrow School of Dentistry
Topic: This talk will highlight my work in Lifestyle Redesign occupational therapy interventions for type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and my innovative research integrating wearable technology and momentary assessment to uncover the short-term dynamic relationships between blood sugar, function, and emotional well-being in the daily lives of people with diabetes.




USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Antonio Bento, Director, USC Center for Sustainability Solutions and Professor of Public Policy and Economics
Mahta Moghaddam, Professor of Electrical Engineering and William M. Hogue Professorship in Electrical Engineering
Topic: Highlighting how USC is tackling some of the most pressing Sustainability Challenges

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Eric Rice Associate Professor at USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and Director of USC Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society
Topic: AI and Social Work – How artificial in intelligence and social work have come together to tackle HIV among homeless youth in Los Angeles

USC Marshall School of Business
Joseph C. Nunes, Professor of Marketing and Holder of the Joseph A. DeBell Endowed Professorship in Business Administration
Topic: Signaling Status – A New Direction

USC Kaufman School of Dance and USC Thornton School of Music
Jennifer McQuiston Lott, Assistant Professor of Practice at USC Kaufman School of Dance
Andrew Norman, Associate Professor of Composition at USC Thornton
Topic: Jennifer Lott and Andrew Norman collaborate to interrogate chamber music and dance in the digital age

USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
Paulina Olvia, Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Economics, USC Dornsife
Topic: Air Pollution and Migration – How changes in air pollution are driving the young and well educated out of China’s cities

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, Professor and James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning
Topic: How the consumer economy has shifted to inconspicuous consumption as key indication of social position

USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
Sean Curran, Associate Professor of Gerontology, Molecular and Computational Biology; Associate Dean of Research
Topic: Diet as a means to overcome genetic deficiencies

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Allissa V. Richardson, Assistant Professor of Communication and Journalism
Topic: BEARING WITNESS WHILE BLACK – African Americans, Smartphones and the New Protest #Journalism

USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Bhaskar Krishnamachari, Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Topic: Data Economics and Data Ownership in the Digital Age