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Karla Ausderau honored with 2022 Patricia Buehler Legacy Award for Clinical Innovation >
November 18, 2022

Alumni Awards Events Lectures and Talks Research

Karla Ausderau (Courtesy of Karla Ausderau) Karla Ausderau MA ’00, PhD ’09, associate professor in the occupational therapy program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and two-time USC alumna, was awarded the division's 2022 Patricia Buehler Legacy Award for Clinical Innovation. Ausderau…

Study pinpoints three brain regions displaying telltale patterns in autistic individuals >
November 14, 2022

Autism Faculty Research

USC scientists are first to identify patterns of white matter connectivity exclusive to core autistic symptoms, pointing out potential flaw in previous autism neuroscience research.

By Mike McNulty Correlational tractography analysis by Aziz-Zadeh and colleagues revealed group differences in multiple tracts throughout the brain. (Courtesy of Lisa Aziz-Zadeh) New study results from an international research team led by USC scientists have identified a signature pattern of white…

Global Initiatives gives Trojans a taste of international celebrations throughout September >
September 29, 2022

Diversity, Access, Equity Events Global Initiatives International

USC Chan’s Global Initiatives office joined students, faculty and staff in celebrating several important holidays in September. As a truly international division with students from more than 15 countries, the Chan community enjoyed, shared and learned about deeply meaningful traditions from around the world.

By Danny Park September 14: Mid-Autumn Festival and Chuseok Global Initiatives served mooncakes to observe the Mid-Autumn Festival and Chuseok, important holidays celebrated by many people in East Asia to observe a successful harvest. “The Mid-Autumn Festival is a day for friends and families to…

Gelya Frank, faculty fixture for 40 years, announces retirement >
September 16, 2022

Faculty

For four decades, Frank offered anthropological perspectives that enhanced occupational therapy and occupational science at USC and beyond.

By Mike McNulty Professor Emeritus Gelya Frank Professor Emeritus Gelya Frank, a member of the USC Chan faculty since 1982 with a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has retired. She retains the academic rank of professor…

USC OT/PT Summer Institute is diversifying tomorrow’s workforce today >
July 28, 2022

Community and Partners Diversity, Access, Equity Students

How a six-week undergraduate pathway program empowers future occupational, physical therapists from underrepresented minority backgrounds.

By Mike McNulty Xavier University of Louisiana junior Blake Harris (Photo/courtesy of Blake Harris) On most days in season, you can find Blake Harris on the field under the sweltering New Orleans sun or putting in work at the gym. The rising junior is a long jump and triple jump athlete at Xavier…

Newly updated SENSE program to continue benefiting neonatal ICU infants and their families >
July 25, 2022

Clinical Community and Partners Faculty

Second edition of the sensory-based program already in place at more than 400 NICUs is available now to NICU providers, therapists.

By Mike McNulty (Photo/Adobe Stock) This month, the SENSE II program rolls out to neonatal health care professionals in hospitals across the world. The Supporting and Enhancing NICU Sensory Experiences, 2nd edition is an anticipated update of the SENSE program, a comprehensive approach to ensuring…

Study identifies social, motor skills patterns unique to autistic children >
July 4, 2022

Autism Research

Findings help clarify relationships between Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Coordination Disorder

By Mike McNulty (Photo/Adobe Stock) Results from a new study published in Autism Research show that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) each have their own distinct patterns of social and motor skills, which also overlap in some instances. The results also…

Baranek named 2022 INSAR Fellow >
May 27, 2022

Associations and Bodies Autism Awards Conferences Faculty

Designation recognizes impactful scholarship of International Society for Autism Research members.

Associate Dean and Chair Grace Baranek Associate Dean and Chair Grace Baranek has been named a 2022 Fellow of the International Society for Autism Research. The announcement was made at INSAR's annual meeting in Austin, Texas. The Fellow designation recognizes those INSAR members whose autism…

Analysis of more than 82,000 autistic children’s healthcare usage data finds sex, race, ethnicity disparities >
April 29, 2022

Autism Community and Partners Research

Findings provide new insights and elicit new questions for understudied autistic groups.

By Mike McNulty (Photo/Adobe Stock) A new analysis of data collected from more than 82,000 autistic children across seven years reveals significant differences in their healthcare utilization according to sex, race and ethnicity. Results of the study led by Assistant Professor Amber Angell and its…

Students organize bake sale to benefit Ukrainian refugees >
April 20, 2022

Events Global Initiatives Students

Proceeds will be donated to three humanitarian organizations.

By Danny Park (Photo by Abraham Ramirez) From April 18-21, Global Initiatives is hosting a bake sale fundraiser to benefit organizations supporting the 2.6 million Ukrainian refugees who have fled to Poland. The fundraiser is spearheaded by student Natasha Hikita MA ’23, whose family in Poland is…

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