To commemorate USC's
125th anniversary, the USC School of Social Work kicked off its Distinguished
Lecture Series on Chinese Social and Economic Development in March to showcase
USC's leadership in redefining the research university of the 21st century.
Coordinated in conjunction with
the School of Social Work's China Program, the Distinguished Lecture Series on
Chinese Social and Economic Development continues to present an enriching,
cross-cultural learning experience for scholars, community leaders and students.
Guest lecturers have hailed from the University of Hong Kong, the China Academy
of Social Science and The Washington Post in Beijing, speaking on topics
that ranged from gender studies and social security to politics and the sexual
Join us this semester for an exciting line-up of new guest speakers:
March 20: Health Issues in
China,Davina Ling, assistant professor and director of the Center for
the Study of the Economics of Aging and Health, California State University
April 12: Relative Deprivation and Health Outcomes in Chinese Youth and
Adults,Ping Sun, assistant professor of research, Institute for
Prevention Research, University of Southern California
May 8: Obesity, Weight Perception and Related Socio-Cultural and Behavioral
Factors in Chinese Adolescents: Findings from the China Seven-City Study,Bin
Xie, research assistant professor, Hamovitch Research Center, USC School of
Lectures will be held in the Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services
located on the first floor of the Montgomery Ross Fisher building from 11 a.m.
- 1 p.m.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2006
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Pacific Basin Institute
Rose Hills Theatre
170 E. Sixth St
Claremont, CA 91711
Two lectures by Patricia
Ebrey, Department of History, University of Washington Tuesday, March 28: “Women and Power at the Song Court”
Thursday, March 30: “Collecting and Cultural Power in Song China,”
The Tuesday talk will
look both at women who had power (empress dowager regents for young emperors)
and women as consequences of power (the huge size of the imperial harem). The
Thursday talk will examine both scholar-officials and emperors as collectors of
books, antiquities, calligraphy and painting and consider their relative
ability to dominate taste, participate in the market for purchasing objects,
and set standards of interpretation and authentication. Ebrey is known both for
her work on the broad sweep of Chinese history (China: A Cultural, Social,
and Political History, 2006; Cambridge Illustrated History of China,
1996; Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook, 1981, 1993), and her studies
of women and the family in the Song period, including her prize-winning The
Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period
The following contains information
about our upcoming March, April and May Bio-Trac training courses being offered
at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. These workshops, which are team
taught by active researchers, include lecture and “hands-on” laboratory
exercises. Each participant will receive a comprehensive binder containing the
lecture material presented in the workshop along with lab protocols and
Registration information can be
obtained from Bea Sonnenberg at FAES (301-496-2316). Course schedule and
content information (see below) can be obtained from Mark Nardone
at 301-496-8290, firstname.lastname@example.org or from the Bio-Trac website at www.biotrac.com. If you desire a copy of the
spring Bio-Trac flyer or a course schedule, please request by email and we can
send you a pdf. Please forward to others who might be interested.
Sure, a career isn't supposed to be all about
the money. Everyone has different criteria for what makes a good job. For some,
it's the challenge; for others, it's a sense of fulfillment.
Regardless of the reasons why we chose our career, we
work to bring in a paycheck -- and a high salary is always a selling point.
It's also smart to invest your training and educational dollars into a career
with stability and good growth prospects. (After all, what good is a potential
job if you can never get hired?)
Perhaps that's why these jobs are expected to be so
popular in upcoming years. The following jobs are growing so quickly that all
10 made the Bureau of Labor Statistics' list of the 30 fastest-growing jobs
through 2014. But just as importantly, they topped the fastest-growing list in
terms of salary. Here are the best of the best:
systems software engineer -- $81,140* Computer systems software engineers work to coordinate
a company's computer needs and maintain its computer systems. They may also set
up a company's intranets to ease communication between the various departments.
Most jobs require a bachelor's degree in computer science or computer
applications software engineer -- $76,310 Computer applications software engineers use
programming languages such as C++ and Java to design, construct and maintain
general computer applications software. Most jobs require at least a bachelor's
degree, but some more complex jobs require a graduate degree.
engineer -- $70,520 Biomedical engineers combine biology, medicine and
engineering to develop ways to solve medical and health-related problems. For
example, they may research and develop artificial organs or prostheses.
Employers usually require a graduate degree -- even for entry-level jobs.
assistant -- $69,250 Physician assistants provide diagnostic, therapeutic
and preventive healthcare services. They examine, diagnose, treat and write
prescriptions for patients, but their work is done under a doctor's
supervision. Most programs require at least a bachelor's degree and graduation
from a formal physician assistant education program.
engineer -- $67,620 Environmental engineers work to combat environmental
damage by researching and developing solutions to problems like pollution,
ozone depletion and wildlife protection. Most jobs require at least a
systems analyst -- $67,520 Computer systems analysts help an organization get the
most for their technology investment dollars by solving computer problems and
planning and developing new computer systems. Educational requirements vary by
the employer and job complexity, ranging from a two-year degree to a graduate degree,
and may include continuing education and certification.
administrator -- $61,950 Database administrators ensure system performance by
setting up computer databases, testing and coordinating modifications to
computer systems, identifying user requirements and adding new users to the
system. Employers prefer candidates with technical degrees, but the specific
level of education and type of training required depends on the complexity of
the job and employers' needs.
therapist -- $61,560 Physical therapists help patients suffering from
injuries or disease to restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and
prevent or limit permanent disabilities. Aspiring therapists must graduate from
an accredited physical therapist educational program and pass a licensure exam.
systems and data communication analyst -- $61,250 Network systems and data communication analysts are
responsible for keeping electronic communications like Internet, voice mail and
e-mail up and running. They spend much of their days testing and evaluating
systems including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and
intranets. Depending on the employer and complexity of the job, educational
requirements range from an associates degree to a computers-related bachelor's
-- $60,880 Hydrologists study water -- its quantity, distribution,
circulation, and physical properties both above and underground. Their work is
particularly useful to environmental preservation and flood control efforts. A
bachelor's degree is a must, but employers are increasingly interested in
master's degrees for entry-level positions.
Like fund-raising, grant
writing can be an effective means of acquiring resources beyond institutional
allocations. Unlike fund-raising, however, grant writing is largely nonverbal,
based instead on formal writing skills. So, if awards are made based on written
proposals, what are reviewers looking for in these proposals? Here are four
keys proven to enhance any proposal:
1) Focus on the Granting Agency
We work our hardest and make
achievements within the profession. Then we see a request for proposals from a
granting agency. We develop a list of needed equipment and submit this to the
granting agency, but will the reviewers see this as a proposal competitive with
other submissions or as a wish list?
According to Karsh and Fox in
their 2003 The Only Grant-Writing Book You’ll Ever Need, “The grant maker does
not care what you have in mind, unless it happens to mesh exactly with their
guidelines.” It is human nature to feel that we deserve to be funded, but
granting agencies want to know what we can do for them—not what we have done
for ourselves. The key is not to focus on our program but to demonstrate how
our program can further the funding agency’s mission.
2) Consider Grant Writing to be
Use standard research
techniques. Karsh and Fox state that “the funder is going to want something
concrete to go on. You can be certain that you’ll be competing with
organizations that have carefully documented their proposals.” Avoid statements
that may be perceived as “stretching” the criteria. For example, rather than
stating that your proposal will have a particular effect, research articles
closely related to your proposal and cite these to substantiate what you
believe the effect of your project will be.
Next, dispel doubt or
skepticism in reviewers’ minds. Substantiate your rationale by referring to national
standards and find ways to include statistical data from professional
organizations or accrediting agencies.
Above all, progress ideas
logically. Reviewers should easily be able to follow a train of thought from
the criteria, through your proposal, all the way to the budget justification.
Eliminate redundancy, resolve ideas that may have been left hanging, and be as
clear and succinct as possible.
3) Allow Enough Time
Writing a major grant may, at
the outset, seem overwhelming. Find ways of breaking the task down into
manageable parts. For example—a principal investigator should enlist the
collaboration of coinvestigators. This conserves time by dividing
responsibility among multiple writers and diversifies areas of expertise.
Moreover, from an administrative leadership standpoint, this strengthens
interpersonal relationships and contributes to growth in research skills for
Karsh and Fox caution that
“preparing a grant proposal is a process that should start long before a
funding opportunity appears.” Establish a schedule for regular meetings of
collaborators. Meeting once a week, even if only for 15 minutes at a time, is
more effective than meeting for an hour once a month. Also, get an early start
so as to allow time, while still in the writing process, to step back and look
objectively at the proposal. Visualize possible indirect benefits and include
them to demonstrate vision and forethought.
4) Satisfy Grant Criteria
Citing experiences of reviewers,
Karsh and Fox report that “many applicants are so sure they’re the perfect
partners for us . . . but they have no idea because they haven’t read the
guidelines. It shouldn’t just be about asking everyone for money.”
Again, focus on the agency’s
criteria—not your needs. As an example, my unit was eligible to write a grant
under the rubric of education; however, the unit’s discipline was music—not
education. We were interested in a new computer classroom—not in creating
something for teachers and schoolchildren. Nevertheless, by conducting research
for each grant criterion, the research yielded the needs as a by-product.
The criteria included:
Addressing the critical
shortage of certified teachers in the state;
Demonstrating an ability to
attract or retain students in the field of education; and
Contributing to the No Child
Left Behind (NCLB) legislation and the state’s efforts for redesign of
Through research it was
possible to relate the grant criteria to the equipment we needed:
The state had identified a rate
of 17 percent of uncertified teachers in the target disciplines of math,
science, and special education. Research for the grant demonstrated that 13
percent of the teachers in music were also not certified. By demonstrating that
this was similar to the target disciplines, the proposal demonstrated a
shortage of certified music teachers and, hence, satisfied the first criterion.
Initial research demonstrated
that subject matter rich in technology had the effect of attracting and
retaining students in math and science. Subsequent research demonstrated
virtually identical data for the discipline of music. Through this, not only
had the second criterion been satisfied but parity had also been established
between music and the target disciplines.
Finally, research yielded a
clause in the state’s interpretation of the NCLB legislation that linked
teacher preparation programs to the integration of technology in the
curriculum. This satisfied the third criterion.
The investigators then set
about redesigning the music education curriculum. This infused current music
software, already the standard in the industry, into curricula for
music-teacher preparation. The grant was fully funded at $127,700.
A successful grant actually
creates a symbiosis. The key is to create something highly desirable to the
funding agency, and, in order for this to be realized, the agency has to
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When we talk about
high world oil and steel prices, the conversation inevitably turns to China.
When we talk about the U.S. record trade imbalance, again the conversation
turns to China.Record port
activity?Cheap goods in Wal-Mart?China. The source of the high-skilled
immigrants who work in many of our nation’s most high-tech industries? Yep- you
guessed it, China again. China’s influence on the U.S. economy is undeniable,
hence understanding what is happening there is invaluable for understanding
what is going to happen here in California.
Come join the UCLA Anderson Forecast as we analyze the
impact China has on the U.S. economy.
7:30-8:30amRegistration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:40amWelcome, Ed Leamer, Dir. UCLA Anderson Forecast
8:40-10:00amI. National, State, Regional and International Economic Forecasts
Edward Leamer, Director, UCLA Anderson
Christopher Thornberg, Senior Economist,
UCLA Anderson Forecast
Ryan Ratcliff, Economist, UCLA
Was the very slow 1.1% growth in Q4 GDP a fluke or a
harbinger of things to come?
The slowdown in consumer spending: blip or new trend?
Housing euphoria is turning the corner, is the market going
Will Bernanke continue on Greenspan’s path or tackle new
Real estate has been driving the local economy.How much will its cooling impact the
Is the state budget realistic or are we building the foundations
for another crunch?
Who’s growing and who is not? A look at the regional
economies in 2005.
10:00-10:20amII. Keynote Address: Overview on China
Donald Straszheim, Principal,
Straszheim Associates, Inc.
How long can China's
extraordinary growth last?
What are the stress points in the Chinese miracle?
Are there enough raw materials to support continued growth?
How much does your job depend on what is happening in China?
How much Chinese product can we absorb?
10:40-11:25amIII. Panel One: The Money Behind the Miracle
Charles Wolf, Senior Economic Adviser,
International Economics, Rand
Michael Brownrigg, Partner, Chinavest
Donald Straszheim, Principal,
Straszheim Associates, Inc.
Is the Chinese Banking
System up to the task?
What happens when the financial services open up to foreign
Is there an appreciation of the Yuan in the near future?
Will China own the US or the other way around?
11:25-12:30pmIV. Panel Two: What Does China Mean to
Tom Debrowski, Executive Vice
President of Worldwide Operations, Mattel, Inc.
Ira Kalish, Global Director, Deloitte
Brad Johnson, Associate Principal,
McKinsey & Company
Are we trading good
jobs for cheap goods?
Can we afford such high prices for building materials and
What can California supply to the growing Chinese Market?
Does California have the infrastucture for more trade with
According to the Environment
Green Paper issued Tuesday, China's environment pollution and ecological
deterioration was at its critical stage now. Although the State Environmental
Protection Administration launched an overall environmental evaluation activity
throughout the country in early 2005 and devoted more efforts to protect
environment, the chemical spill incident occurring in the Songhuajiang River at
the end of the year became a tragic sign that reflected the critical condition
that China's environment faces amid the country's fast economic development.
Some experts pointed out that China was now at a crossroad for environmental
protection. In 2006, environmental problem was likely to continue.
The Green Paper, titled
"2005: China's environmental crisis and a way out," was compiled by
the Friends of Nature, a non-governmental organization, and published by the Social
Sciences Academic Press. Various social groups including scholars and experts
have made their input in the paper, which becomes China's first annual
environment report written from a view of public eyes.
The Green Paper listed the main
environmental problems in 2005 and warned that China's environmental problem
was at its critical stage now. Experts pointed out that water and air pollution
would remain as a problem until 2010 in the country. Year 2005 was the worst
year in history in terms of natural disasters and ecological problems. These
natural disasters and ecological problems were partly the result of climate
change, and partly due to the fact that China's ecological system deteriorated
so severely that the country enters a high, risky period of natural disasters
and ecological crisis.
At the same time, experts
pointed out that environmental pollution in China was "complex and
condensed." The environmental pollution, which emerged in developed
countries only in post-industrial era, was commonly seen in China now.
A research showed that Chinese
adolescents affected by myopia disease, or short-sightedness, tend to be younger
and younger. China now has 5 million blinded people and 6 million people with
low vision. The number of children who have slanting eyes or poor vision
reaches 10 million. About 40% of adolescents in China are short-sighted. In
college, such ratio is as high as 70%.
There is a remarkable increase
for the number of short-sighted children aged 7-9. Many children become
short-sighted at their school age or even earlier. In China, about 70% of
adolescents become short-sighted during puberty, the second most in world.
Experts said that there are
many factors that contribute to short-sightednesss among adolescents at an
earlier age. Besides heredity factors, the disease is mostly linked with
children's too much involvement in various pre-school classes, playing computer
games, watching televisions and films. A higher living standard and
adolescents' physical development at an earlier age also contribute to the
S&T Consuls Dr. Dong Jianlong, Wang Shanmin, CSA members Dr. Zhenying
Jiang, Dr. Kern Kwong, Dr. Chao Chen, Dr. Zhou Wengsheng, Dr. Liping Yan,Dr. Chaohua Fang, Dr. Li dongsheng, Dr. Yang
Hua… attended the event, and gave a warm graduation to Dr. Richard Lee (CSA