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The recent 6.3 earthquake in New Zealand has people talking about tremors again.

For its part, USC will hold the first of two upcoming quake seminars.

“Earthquake Preparedness: What Every Person in L.A. Needs to Know” will be held Wednesday, March 9 from noon to 1 p.m. in Grace Ford Salvatori Hall, Room 106.

The one-hour presentation will offer information on what people can do at home, in their office, classroom or other locations in the event of a catastrophe.

The program also will include tips on how to make a home safe and how to prepare a disaster survival kit. A brief overview of the USC Emergency Response Plan will be covered during the seminar overseen by Steve Goldfarb of the USC Office of Fire Safety and Emergency Planning.

The other seminar will be held Tuesday, April 12 from noon to 1 p.m. in the East Conference Room at Norris Medical Library on the Health Sciences campus.

For more information, contact Jennifer Siu or Lauren Paz at or (213) 740-5127.

‘Danger Copter’ to the Rescue

Five USC School of Cinematic Arts students were front and center as interactive media design took a step forward in February.

“Danger Copter,” a game utilizing both real and generated visuals, placed third in the Augmented Reality Developer Challenge.

The new software development kit uses smart phone camera technology to generate the playing surface for games using real-world objects.

In the game, the player assumes the role of a helicopter pilot who rescues stranded people and extinguishes fires with a water hose.

OTs and PTs Gather to Honor Teamwork

In a forum organized by students from the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, students, faculty and clinicians gathered in Mayer Auditorium on Feb. 17 to discuss each professions’ roles in varied health care settings.

Florence Clark, USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy professor and associate dean, and current president of the American Occupational Therapy Association, opened the forum by highlighting ways in which the upcoming health care reform regulations will require increased collegiality among all professions comprising health care teams.

Cheryl Resnik, USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy assistant professor and associate chair, and immediate past president of the California Physical Therapy Association, delivered a speech highlighting the potential synergies between occupational therapy and physical therapy.

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