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Latest Chan Division News

Díaz appointed as division’s first-ever associate chair of diversity, access and equity >
January 19, 2022

Diversity, Access, Equity Faculty

Jesús Díaz, associate chair of diversity, access and equity and associate professor of research Associate Professor of Research Jesús Díaz ’05, MA ’08, OTD ’09 has been named the first associate chair of diversity, access and equity (DAE) for the USC Chan Division. The appointment was…

New study first to show figurative language comprehension relies upon brain’s motor regions >
January 18, 2022

Research

USC neuroscientists demonstrate that, like literal language, abstract metaphors are embodied in the brain.

By Mike McNulty Sample test item courtesy of Lisa Aziz-Zadeh “Bend your ear.” “Grasping at straws.” “Kick the bucket.” English is filled with figurative language that makes meaning by evoking physical actions of the human body. During the past decade, a number of scientific studies have…

Newly published review covers current brain-gut-microbiome and autism literature >
December 16, 2021

Autism Diversity, Access, Equity Research Students

Co-first authors of Nutrients review supported by USC’s DIA JumpStart undergraduate pipeline program.

By Mike McNulty (Illustration by Martina/Adobe Stock) A new scoping review of nearly 200 publications covering the relationships between autism spectrum disorder and the brain–gut–microbiome system was published online today in Nutrients. The review synthesizes the growing body of research…

A USC Chantastic Friendsgiving Celebration >
November 22, 2021

Diversity, Access, Equity Events Global Initiatives International Students

by Dr. Danny Park On Thursday, November 18, the USC Chan student community came together to celebrate Friendsgiving in one of the largest in-person community gatherings hosted by the Division since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 90 students from all Chan academic programs…

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…

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