USC Chan Magazine | Spring 2019
Cover Story: Double Digits
The numbers don’t lie. As of early 2019, Trojan faculty members have together amassed more than $18 million in active, federally funded research grants. Yes, the previously unprecedented figure is a vote by federal agencies in favor of USC Chan’s research excellence and expertise. But more importantly, federal dollars allow Trojan scientists to do the research today that can lead to a healthier tomorrow. Read about three new studies — funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense — that have pushed USC Chan’s research portfolio into the double digit millions.
New Study Probes the Sensory Effects of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure >
by Katharine Gammon
Researchers have known for decades that babies born to mothers who drank heavily while pregnant have differences in brain function. Now, an innovative new study will test their sensory processing.
Designing Tomorrow’s Workstation, Today >
by Jamie Wetherbe MA ’04
Interdisciplinary team funded by the National Science Foundation is using artificial intelligence in search of healthier ways to work.
Other Featured Stories
New strategic plan to put five-year goals into motion >
by Mike McNulty ’06, MA ’09, OTD ’10
After more than a year in development, USC Chan Strategic Plan FY 2019-23 was officially adopted in late 2018. The plan outlines six goals guiding the division’s growth, priorities and operations throughout the next five years. Beginning in early 2019, eight strategy implementation teams composed of faculty, staff and students began working to put next steps into action.
Health Care for the Homeless >
by Katharine Gammon
USC Chan’s Deborah Pitts has worked to integrate occupational therapists into agencies that help the homeless, and her efforts are now paying off in new ways.
Interview by Trevor San Antonio MA ’20
Meet the Trojans — like María Cristina Jiménez MA ’20 — pushing occupational science and occupational therapy forward.