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Third Annual Los Angeles Geospatial Summit

Friday, February 8, 2013, 8:30 am -5:45 pm, Japanese American National Museum.

This full-day event will include a variety of presentations and panels involving GIS faculty, students and practitioners from around the LA Metropolitan Area and provide many opportunities for networking.

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ArcGIS Essentials Short Course

Feb. 13-14, April 24-25, and June 19-20, 2013, 9 am to 5 pm and 9 am to noon, Allan Hancock Foundation (AHF), Room B55

The ArcGIS Essentials Short Course introduces the fundamentals of Esri’s ArcGIS software, providing students with the basic skills needed to use GIS effectively in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. The lessons and exercises focus on various ways in which GIS can be used for practical spatial problem-solving. Students can earn 0.33 points toward their GISP certification upon course completion.


GPS Essentials Short Course


March 27, 2013 and May 22, 2013, 9 am to 5 pm (lunch provided)

Allan Hancock Foundation (AHF), Room B55

The GPS Essentials Short Course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of primary data collection utilizing GPS technology. This one-day workshop provides students with the basic skills to successfully capture geospatial data and then convert those data features to useable formats for spatial analysis. Topics covered range from an overview of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) to a comprehensive step-by-step tutorial for collecting and post-processing field data.

Many Faces of Dementia: New Developments in Diagnosis and Their Implications for Care

Friday, March 15, 2013, 7:30 am - 5 pm, Davidson Conference Center

Sponsored by USC Memory and Aging Center, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, Keck School of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education of the University of Southern California, Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland Chapter, USC Davis School of Gerontology, and USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging. 

This seventh biennial one-day conference is designed to bring together clinical researchers, medical professionals and health care providers in the greater Los Angeles area who provide care for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and associated disorders.  Keynote presentations and small group workshops provide the opportunity for participants to bridge the worlds of research and direct care.  Perspectives of families and of persons with dementia will be included.  There will be particular emphasis on the new NIA – Alzheimer’s Association diagnostic guidelines and the health disparities in dementia diagnosis and care.  Our focus on health care providers who have frontline contact with dementia patients comes from an appreciation that most older individuals receive a majority of their health care from primary care providers.  It is important that primary care providers and other health professionals who come into contact with older adults in the community are familiar with early signs of dementia, know how to diagnose and manage dementia, are able to provide accurate information to patient and families, and can do so in a culturally competent way.  Only then can we reduce the gaps in health care access, performance and outcomes.

Learn with USC Dornsife faculty in these Continuing Education courses, offered through the USC collaboration with the New York Times Knowledge Network

Register for this self-paced course:
Writing and Communication
In this online workshop with Dr. James R. Kincaid, Aerol Arnold Chair of English and professor of English, explore the concept of "childhood" and ways in which children and adolescents are depicted in some histories of childhood, famous short stories, poems, and two classics, "Peter Pan" and "Alice in Wonderland." How is childhood featured in contemporary pop culture: songs, theater, movies and advertisements? How does memory work, and what so we really know about our own childhoods? If you'd like, jumpstart the writing of your personal history with the exploration of the autobiographical form and the roles of memory and narratives capturing childhood experiences.


More courses listed here.