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Virtual Zoom Fall 2020 Group Fitness Schedule

Our Virtual Zoom Fall 2020 Group Fitness Schedule features popular classes such as: Barre, Yoga Sculpt, Pilates, Zumba, and more! We also feature Free F45 online classes for all of the USC Community.  Visit myrecsports.usc.edu to sign-up for classes and sign your waiver. Virtual Zoom Fitness Classes begin August 17th to November 20th, 2020. Register at myrecsports.usc.edu, click programs, then click USC Workout Group Ex.


Mindfulness@PAM: Mindfulness in Everyday Life

In collaboration with Mindful USC, the USC Pacific Asia Museum presents a summer-long Mindfulness class series.

Join Mark Miller to learn skills that will help you manage stress and strong emotions when they are experienced. This zoom class will combine evidence-based emotion management skills with mindfulness to help you compassionately take care of yourself when emotions and stress start to feel overwhelming.

  • Saturday, September 19th (Session 3): Using mindfulness to help us discover what our emotions are trying to tell us.


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Zoom URL will be emailed the day before the event


More about Mark Miller:

Mark Miller, PsyD is the coordinator of Mindful USC and a clinical psychologist who is interested in integrating mindfulness and psychotherapy.


More about Mindful USC:

Mindful USC is a service from the Provost’s Office with a mission to empower the USC community to make positive change in the world by building a culture of mindfulness and compassion. It offers ongoing training, practice groups and special events throughout USC.


More about USC Pacific Asia Museum:

The USC Pacific Asia Museum mission is to create inspiring encounters with the art, history and culture of Pacific Asia that promotes intercultural understanding in the service of elevating our shared sense of humanity.




Join us every Saturday in September starting at 9AM (PST).  Check our Instagram story and follow Spirit member, Anthony, as he prepares quick and healthy smoothies (and smoothie bowls).  These recipes will be super easy and you can try these simple creations at home! 

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E-Town Hall with Prof. Scott Palo and Students, AeroDesign Team of USC, and Nuclear thermal propulsion rocket (NTPR) @ UNLV


Brought to you by American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section (AIAA LALV)

University Cubesat Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic with Prof. Scott Palo and his students

Aerospace America reported (8 May, 2020) that in Amanda’s Miller’s telephone interview with University of Colorado, Boulder aerospace and engineering sciences Professor Scott Palo – who chairs AIAA’s Small Satellite Technical Committee – the two discussed his work with University of Colorado graduate students on the development of the MAXWELL cubesat. In his basement, Palo “has hooked up a battery power supply, soldering tools and an oscilloscope – all liberated from his lab” before the COVID-19 pandemic forced him and his students to leave campus. The “idea was to ‘have the tools of the testing’ ready to continue trying out cubesat components and software either at home or by connecting to the lab remotely, he says.” Anticipating the campus closure, “a student team worked in the lab for three days to set up a flatsat, or simulated, version of their upcoming U.S. Air Force-funded MAXWELL cubesat, short for Multiple Access X-band Wave Experiment Located in LEO. From their homes, Palo and his students access, via the internet, this networked array of electronics that are just like the ones planned for MAXWELL, which is now in the testing phase.” This way, “they can continue to upload software for testing.” MAXWELL is “one of 18 small satellites selected by NASA to be deployed as secondary rocket payloads from 2021 to 2023.” MAXWELL “will demonstrate a radio design for smallsats.”

AeroDesign Team of USC: The 2019-2020 DBF 1st Place Winners

The AeroDesign Team of USC is the university’s official entrant into the annual AIAADesign/Build/Fly competition. The USC AeroDesign Team placed 1st in the competition, andhad the highest scoring report. Join us as the student-run team provides a deep dive into theefforts behind their winning plane and takes us through their eight-month-long process ofdesigning, building, flying, and winning.

The Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Rocket (NTPR) 

Space transportation systems have been advancing to meet the goals of long-distance space travel and long-term space habitation since the beginning of the space race, and one contender from the 1950s still has a lot to offer with some new designs and analyses employed to solve old technical challenges and new mission needs. The nuclear thermal propulsion rocket (NTPR) can double the specific impulse of modern chemical rockets and be designed to generate both electricity and propulsion. This modular reactor functions by introducing a separate but simultaneous thermodynamic loop to the existing high temperature hydrogen loop. Using heat pipes within the structural tie-tube elements, extra heat is transferred from the reactor to a power conversion system. This functionality is dependent on reducing the mass loss in fuel elements due to chemical and mechanical interactions with the high-temperature hydrogen that was observed in the NTPR program’s experiments, NERVA, which tested both niobium carbide and zirconium carbide coatings before its abrupt cancellation. Test samples with other coatings were fabricated but never tested, warranting this investigation into optimal coatings based on minimal hydrogen diffusion, high thermal conductivity, thermal expansion coefficient which matches that of the fuel elements, and no impedance to the surrounding nuclear reactions. This paper presents a model of an NTPR reactor in the Monte Carlo N-Particle Transport Code (MCNP). The fuel coatings and composition are varied, first to compare against the experimental NERVA results, and then the newer coatings and compositions are analyzed. The goal of this modeling is to determine the axial and radial distributions of neutron flux throughout the reactor core and the energy deposition per unit mass. The energy deposition is used in determining the temperature distribution throughout the reactor core, which can affect the degradation of the fuel and therefore be adjusted to reduce such fuel losses. In addition, the hydrogen propellant content within the fuel elements of the MCNP model is reduced and the control drums rotated for compensation in order to demonstrate bimodality of the reactor from complete propulsion through complete electricity generation. A DOE-developed heat pipe analysis code is used to evaluate the electrical power potential of the NTPR and the functionality of the reactor with reduced moderation and surface area exposed to coolant.


Virtual Bystander Intervention Workshop

You are invited to attend RSVP’s Bystander Intervention Training! The Training is designed to teach undergraduate campus leaders about the importance of being a prosocial bystander, a bystander who actively intervenes in situations of gender- or power-based harm in order to make their community safer. By participating, you will not only learn more about preventing sexual violence, but you will also be eligible to increase your USG funding cap by $200 for your RSO.

All training will be conducted over Zoom for 2020/21 academic year. RSVP’s Bystander Intervention Training is designed to teach campus leaders about the importance being a prosocial bystander.

For more information please contact us at rsvptrojansactnow@usc.edu.

If you are a graduate student looking for a similar opportunity, please check out our Sexual Harassment Prevention Workshop


Healing Power of Positive Thinking

Sponsored by Body-Mind Student Caucus

When: Every Thursday (Spring and summer 2020) -  11:00 AM– 12:00 PM

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Foundations of Yoga: Warrior Poses Workshop

Mastering the warrior poses is essential for a strong yoga practice. In this workshop, we will first build powerful, centered warriors from the ground up. Then, we will learn and practice a fun flow sequence linking all three warrior poses! Beginner and advanced yogis alike can benefit from this class. 



Happiness Series

Happiness (3 weeks w/ opening weekend intensive)

September 18 – October 2

Class Timings:

Week 1 - 

  • Friday, 9/18, 2pm – 5pm
  • Saturday, 9/19, 2pm – 5pm
  • Sunday, 9/20, 2pm – 5pm
  • Week 2 - Friday, 9/25, 2pm – 3:30pm
  • Week 3 - Friday, 10/2, 2pm – 3:30pm

Highly interactive and experiential, this hands-on training will teach you ways to increase your capacity for happiness. This happens through experiential learning processes and meaningful discussions that cultivate awareness, connection, and emotional intelligence and through evidence-based breathwork that enhances mental resilience and strength. The class will also explore happiness research which dovetails the themes and techniques taught in class to learn ways to retrain your brain for greater peace.

This class is for those who are ready for a deep inner shift and a holistic approach to individual growth and leadership.  Participation in all sessions is highly recommended for full effect.


Week 1: Retreat, Connect and Shift

Week 1 is a mini-retreat experience consisting of 3-hour sessions held over 3 consecutive days. It will be deep–dive into foundational breathwork, which is a cornerstone of this class; and will also serve as a jumpstart into self–exploration, connection, and resilience.  Each session builds upon the previous session.


Week 2 & 3: Enthusiasm, Purpose, and Gratitude

Week 2 & 3 meet once a week for 1.5 hours per session. It will reinforce your breathwork practices and delves into deeper assets of individual growth and leadership. 



Poonam C. Tandon is a master trainer of evidence-based breathwork technique, SKY Breath Meditation, certified by the International International Association for Human Values. She has been practicing meditation and breathwork since age 9 but discovered it’s real power to transform and heal so many areas of her life when she was an undergrad student. Poonam is one of just a few teacher-trainers of this work and has personally mentored hundreds of individuals on their journeys to becoming instructors. She has been a featured speaker at leading universities and institutions ranging from Harvard, Yale, and MIT to the World Bank Institute, State Department, and the United Nations.

Go to mindful.usc.edu for more information and to register!

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