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Work-from-home survey reveals pandemic’s impacts upon employees’ physical and mental health, productivity and daily routines >
November 17, 2021

Faculty Health and Wellness Pandemic Research

How to support office workers’ health and wellness, when the “office” can be located anywhere.

By Jamie Wetherbe MA ’04 In the spring of 2020, Associate Professor Shawn Roll and his research collaborators from across USC were two years into developing the next generation of intelligent workstations that can optimize employee productivity in the office. The team has diverse yet complementary…

Anonymous donors sponsor 20 students to hear from iconic Lela Llorens >
November 15, 2021

Alumni Associations and Bodies Events Students

By Mike McNulty Two anonymous donors underwrote the event registration fees so that 20 USC Chan students could attend the 19th Annual Afternoon Tea with a Scholar, which was virtually hosted by the Occupational Therapy Association of California on Nov. 14. The talk featured Dr. Lela Llorens, a…

USC Chan Global Initiatives Shines Light on Diwali >
November 4, 2021

Diversity, Access, Equity Events Global Initiatives International Students

by Dr. Danny Park Many of USC Chan's international students from India hosted a Diwali Celebration today during lunchtime, sharing traditional foods such as chakali (a spiral snack made of rice flour, chickpea, and black gram), burfi (a sweet milk-based dessert), laddos (ball-shaped sweets made with…

Back in My Day: Bridging the gap between Grandpa and Grandpaw >
November 3, 2021

Chan in the Media Community and Partners Health and Wellness Students

By Lois Angelo / Daily Trojan Angelo holding maltipoo Toby. (Photo/Courtesy of Lois Angelo) While my straightforward personality can be broken down into three simple categories — my love for gerontology, my grief for my exes, my obsession with TWICE — I rarely talk about my interest in…

Fright On! USC Chan Global Initiatives Celebrates Halloween >
October 29, 2021

Events Global Initiatives International Students

by Dr. Danny Park The USC Chan international student community celebrated Halloween by dressing up in costumes and attending a screening of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at a “Spooky Movie Night” hosted by the Division’s Global Initiatives office. Many of our Division’s international…

Trio of Trojans honored with 2021 OTAC awards >
October 22, 2021

Alumni Associations and Bodies Awards Conferences Faculty

Three Trojan alumni and faculty were honored during the Oct. 21 awards ceremony held as part of the Occupational Therapy Association of California’s 45th Annual Conference & Expo. Research Adjunct Instructor Ana Verran MA ’83 received the Occupational Therapy Practice Award. Lauren Lopez MA…

Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month at USC Chan >
October 8, 2021

Diversity, Access, Equity Events Faculty Students

As Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month comes to an end, students and faculty talk identity: how do you self-identify and why? Student ambassador Silvia Hernandez Cuellar spoke to classmates and faculty to learn more about the significance behind their chosen identities and put together the quotes and…

Dr. Lucy Jane Miller honored with 2021 Patricia Buehler Legacy Award for Clinical Innovation >
October 7, 2021

Awards Clinical Events Lectures and Talks Research

The USC Chan Division is honored to announce the recipient of the 2021 Patricia Buehler Legacy Award for Clinical Innovation, Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR/L. Dr. Miller prepared her 2021 Buehler Award lecture, titled “What A Long Strange Trip It Has Been: Making a Difference.” The lecture was…

A Different Kind of USC Summer Internship >
September 28, 2021

Clinical Faculty Health and Wellness

A patient of Dr. John Margetis reflects on her GBS diagnosis

Charisma Mangahas is a third year student at Cerritos Community College. She has been living with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) for over 3 years now and recently wrote a reflection on her experience with her diagnosis for her website mindful-lei thinking. Charisma Mangahas in 2018, the year of her…

New “Black Identity and Well-Being” section for OT-100 THRIVE course >
September 14, 2021

Academics and Courses Chan in the Media Community and Partners Diversity, Access, Equity Faculty

USC Chan partners with the USC Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs to deliver culturally relevant content to undergraduate students.

A new discussion section of the OT-100 THRIVE: Foundations of Well-Being course focusing on “Black Identity and Well-Being” is being piloted this fall semester. The discussion section is co-taught by USC Chan faculty Dr. Ashley Uyeshiro Simon and USC Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs…

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