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T.Rex Express Cafe, operated by USC Hospitality, has opened in Exposition Park on the ground floor of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

The cafe features prepackaged sandwiches and salads prepared fresh daily. Patrons can choose to sit inside the playfully decorated space, with dinosaur detailing on the brightly colored walls, or outside on the patio. It is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

Florence Clark Gives Presidential Address

Florence Clark, professor and associate dean and division chair of occupational science and occupational therapy at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, is the new president-elect of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She gave her inaugural presidential address May 1 at the association’s annual conference and exposition in Orlando, Fl.

Clark used the analogy of HDTV technology to say that “high definition occupational therapy” can take the profession to a new level of clarity and visibility. To a cheering audience, Clark said that high definition can solve the “fuzziness, narrow screens and poor resolutions” that some people outside the profession have of occupational therapy.

Goals of her three-year term include tripling the association’s membership to increase resources for advocacy, public awareness, research capacity and other priorities.

Oncology Center Symposium to be Held June 18

The USC Physical Sciences in Oncology Center’s first symposium will be held June 18 at the Davidson Center.

Topics of the event, to run from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., will include a physical sciences measurement platform, cancer evolution and physical sciences in industry. No registration fee is required. Registration deadline is June 2. Register at bit.ly/USCPSOC2010. For information, call (323) 442-2596 or e-mail yvonnes@usc.edu.

William Tierney Discusses Higher Ed

University Professor William G. Tierney visited Sacramento May 6 to discuss his work on the private for-profit and nonprofit sector of higher education.

Approximately 45 people attended the meeting, including staff members from legislative committees, the California Postsecondary Education Commission, the Department of Education, the Secretary of Education Office and the Department of Consumer Affairs.

USC Alumni Assn. Claims Gold

The USC Alumni Association took top honors in the Circle of Excellence Awards, presented by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

In the Alumni Relations Programs: New Program Initiatives category, the association’s 2009 USC Women’s Conference received the gold award, besting 13 other entries.

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