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From the Battle in France to the Liberation of Germany: Letters and Artifacts from the Harry K. Wolff Jr. Collection

Among the hundreds of thousands of US soldiers called to duty during WWII was a thirty-year-old Jewish lawyer from San Francisco named Harry K. Wolff Jr. His army unit landed in France around D-Day in June 1944 and fought its way to Germany over the next year. Postwar, Wolff acted as a judge advocate for American soldiers and witnessed war crime tribunals at the former concentration camp in Dachau, where he was one of the officers responsible for 30,000 Nazi soldiers housed while awaiting trial.

Wolff wrote letters home describing his experiences abroad—including basic training, deployment in combat, and his time at Dachau and the subsequent trials—as well as the “souvenirs” he picked up along the way. Unusual for most US soldiers who brought home memorabilia, he wrote detailed descriptions of where and when he found a particular piece, often taking pictures of the locations.

Among the artifacts he collected are foreign brochures, pamphlets, and periodicals; copies of the Stars and Stripes newspaper produced by the US military; Nazi armbands, flags, medals, weapons and, notably, fragments from a giant swastika formerly perched atop the Nazi party rally stadium in Nuremberg but blown up by his own air defense unit on orders of General Patton.

In 2016, Wolff’s daughter, Andrea Stanley, and her husband David, donated their incredible collection of hundreds of letters, photos, and artifacts to USC, where it joins a growing wealth of Holocaust and other genocide-related material, including the testimonies in the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive; the USC Libraries’ Holocaust and Genocide Studies Collection of primary and secondary sources; and the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, home of the archives of European exiles who fled the Third Reich and settled in California.

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Study Abroad Info Session: Pre-Health

Pre-health students can study abroad, let us tell you how. This session will highlight programs that are best suited for you and cover important information such as, the application process and cost/financial aid.

Join pre-health advising, study abroad alumni and overseas staff.

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USC Stem Cell Seminar: Jennifer Elisseeff, Johns Hopkins University—"Lessons from clinical translation and the role of the immune system in tissue repair"

The immune system is the first responder to trauma and foreign bodies such as biomaterials, yet this response and its capacity to orchestrate tissue repair has been largely ignored. Translating tissue engineering technologies to the clinic for multiple clinical applications, we discovered unexpected responses from the adaptive immune system. We are now comparing the immune profile of biomaterials and wounds that repair versus those that succumb to fibrosis and tissue degeneration to design regenerative immunotherapies.

Host: Denis Evseenko

Live webcast at keckmedia.usc.edu/stem-cell-seminar

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Lunch with a Leader: Laura Mosqueda, MD, Dean, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Integrating Social Justice and Medicine

Laura Mosqueda, MD, Dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, is a widely respected authority on geriatric and family medicine, elder abuse, and care of the underserved. She is also an expert on medical education curricula design, development and implementation. With responsibility for a teaching staff of 4000+ who educate over 1800 students and train more than 900 resident physicians in over 50 specialties or sub-specialties, Mosqueda said she is eager to tackle the challenges facing USC head-on. "Honesty and humility are the two elements that make a good doctor, and that’s what is needed to heal the university and move beyond its current troubles."

Moderating the conversation will be LaVonna B. Lewis, PhD, MPH, Teaching Professor of Public Policy and Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.


Lunch with a Leader provides students, faculty, and members of the public the opportunity to hear ideas from local, state, and national leaders, share their own ideas, and gain inspiration for effective governance in a more intimate and informal setting. 

Free; please register!

Marine & Environmental Bio Seminar--Dr. Martin Tresguerres (UCSD)

Dr. Tresguerres's interests include the evolutionary relationships between basic cellular functions and complex “whole organism” physiology. His studies encompass biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, and physiology, but in the past they also have covered marine invertebrate ecology, marine mammal taxonomy, and fisheries. These experiences have trained Martin to always consider the “big picture,” even while studying processes at the molecular level.

Augmenting Scripps’ leadership in ocean acidification, Martin’s research at Scripps includes how marine organisms sense and adjust to acid/base disturbances arising from environmental and metabolic variations in carbon dioxide, protons, and bicarbonate ions. Other areas of his interest include aquaculture, biofuels, and evolution.

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PM 2.5 dynamics in global mega-cities based on long-term remotely sensed observations

 Spatial Sciences Institute hosts our Spring 2019 Brown Bag Speaker Series - Lili Zhang

Satellite observations show that the rapid urbanization and emergence of megacities with 10 million or more residents has raised PM 2.5 concentrations across the globe during the past few decades.

This talk presents an assessment of PM 2.5 trends from 1998 to 2016 for the 33 megacities included on the UN list of megacities published in 2018.

The land in and around these megacities was classified into densely populated areas (> 1,500 residents per square kilometer), moderately populated areas (from 300 to 1,500 residents per square kilometer) and sparsely populated areas (<300 residents per square kilometer) and the effect of human settlement density on PM 2.5 concentrations in these areas over the period 1998-2016 is reported.



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Using Free Energies for H+ and H– Transfers to Design Catalysts for the Reduction of CO2


Professor Aaron Appel; Department of Physical Sciences; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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Quantitative & Computational Biology Faculty Candidate Seminar: Farhad Hormozdiari, Ph. D. (Harvard University)

Statistical methods to understand the genetic architecture of complex traits

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Zilkha Seminar Series: Huaxi Xu, PhD: “Novel Genes and Pathways Contributing to the Pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s and Related Diseases”

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an incurable and fatal brain-wasting disorder that causes memory loss and progressive dementia in the elderly. Although familial AD has been attributed to mutations in neuronal genes e.g., APP and PS1 which enhance pathogenic amyloid generation; recent identification of AD-associated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) enriched in microglia by GWAS implicates a role for glial dysfunction in AD pathogenesis.

Given that the mechanisms underlying microglia-associated AD pathogenesis are largely unknown, I will discuss our current reseearch focused on characterizing neuroprotective and degenerative mechanisms that affect AD onset. Our work has identified new pathways in both neurons and microglia that alter Abeta-induced neurodegeneration, which may lay fundmental groundwork in enhancing neuroprotection in future drug discovery efforts

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OIS International Coffee Hour

Start the semester off with a hot cup of coffee, delicious snacks, and some new friends!

Stop by the Office of International Services in Gabilan Courtyard (in front of the Montgomery Ross Fisher building - MRF) for our first International Coffee Hour of the semester from 3:00 PM to 4:00PM on Tuesday, January 22.

Please don't forget to bring your USC ID with you. 

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