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Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Florence Clark 2013 Mosey Lectureship at NYU Steinhardt

Associate Dean and Professor Florence Clark delivered the New York University Steinhardt Department of Occupational Therapy 2013 Anne Cronin Mosey Lectureship entitled “Approaching Occupational Therapy’s Silver Anniversary: Perspectives on the Controversial ‘Marriage’ of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy”.

NYU Steinhardt Department of Occupational Therapy 2013 Anne Cronin Mosey Lectureship, Florence Clark, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA from NYU Steinhardt on Vimeo.

Dr. Lisa Aziz-Zadeh Featured “On the Record”

Assistant professor Lisa Aziz-Zadeh is interviewed for USC Annenberg TV News’ “On the Record” about her research on prosody, the melody of speech which allows us to communicate with people even if we are not speaking the same language, and also enables us to communicate with animals.

SMA Conference Presentation on Occupational Science

Professor Gelya Frank presented on Occupational Science at the 2009 Society for Medical Anthropology Conference “Medical Anthropology at the Intersection: Celebrating 50 Years of Interdisciplinarity” held at Yale University.

Advocacy and Industrial Occupational Therapy

The Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy sponsored a professional seminar by Paul Fontana, OTR, FAOTA, an occupational therapist with almost 30 years of professional experience. He is the owner and president of the Center for Work Rehabilitation at the Fontana Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, which has become an industry leader in providing injury prevention, rehabilitation and return to work programs to the business community.

Professional Seminar Video

Professional Membership

Shawn Phipps, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, who at the time was President of the Occupational Therapy Association of California, lectures on the importance of professional association membership.

Professional Membership Video

Lifelike Sculptures Shape 65th Anniversary

In 2007, the Division celebrated the 65th anniversary of occupational education at USC with a momentous J. Seward Johnson sculpture exhibition. The connection between Johnson’s work and occupational science is made apparent by the Latin root of occupation: to take control of time. In his sculptures, Johnson immortalizes moments when people take control of their time by taking breaks to do the simple things that make them feel good — walking a dog, laying in the grass to watch the clouds or painting a landscape. He consecrates these special moments in art. For our faculty, students and staff, his works epitomize the substance of our profession, the effect of every day activity on health and well-being.

Slowing Down in the Fast New World

As part of then Provost, and now President Nikias’ “Visions and Voices” Arts and Humanities Initiative, the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy hosted a multidisciplinary faculty panel and interactive picnic with students to discuss Slowing Down in the Fast New World. How does the pursuit of “the good life” relate to time, wealth, technology and health in today’s fast paced world? The panel was moderated by Gelya Frank, Professor of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Anthropology. Panelists included Peter Whybrow, MD, author of American Mania, When More is Not Enough; artist and photographer Paula Stoeke; Evan Kleiman, founder of Slow Food Los Angeles, host of KCRW’s Good Food and owner of Angeli Cafe; and Robert Gottlieb, professor and director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College.