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Torero Tidbits: Virtual Research Colloquium; Alumni Events; Kroc School Connected to TEDxSanDiego

Torero Tidbits: Virtual Research Colloquium; Alumni Events; Kroc School Connected to TEDxSanDiego

Virtual Summer Research Colloquium is Aug. 6

Research done by 64 University of San Diego students who represent McNair Scholars, SURE and PURE Scholars and Summer Research Scholars will be presented in a pair of one-hour virtual sessions on Thursday, Aug. 6.

The third annual Virtual Summer Research Colloquium, hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research and USD's TRIO McNair Scholars program, opens with a keynote address on Zoom at 9:30 a.m. It is followed by the first session of presenters from 10-11 a.m. on the Blackboard platform. A second session runs 11 a.m. to noon, also on Blackboard.

Students will present according to various disciplines, including social sciences, life and physical science, engineering, math, computer science and humanities. There are research projects by students mentored by faculty from such subjects as architecture, environmental and ocean sciences, international relations, English, communication studies, chemistry and behavioral neuroscience.

Many summer research students experienced some normalcy while doing their work. The Shiley Center for Science and Technology building opened in mid-June to allow students to do research in labs with faculty in-person. Stringent health protocols were enforced for all who entered the building, including the wearing of masks, social distancing, temperature readings and frequent staff cleaning shifts. Student researchers were staggered throughout the summer months so as to not have so many in the building at one time.

Several summer researchers did their work remotely.

To register for the Aug. 6 event, please provide your name and email. A code will be sent to you upon registering.

USD Alumni Virtual Events in August

The USD Office of Alumni Relations and USD’s Career Development Center will host a tutorial on Friday, Aug. 7 from 11-11:30 a.m. for alumni who interested in becoming mentors to current USD students by utilizing TEAM (Torero Employer and Alumni Mentors).

TEAM is a virtual mentoring and networking platform that allows USD students, alumni, parents and industry employers to share advice, opportunities and connections from anywhere in the world.

Kara Marsh Proffitt ’04, director of alumni operations and engagement, and Dee Kayalar, assistant director of alumni career engagement, will lead the session.

Registration is free, but RSVPs are required.

Meanwhile, the USD Alumni Association’s New York Torero Club is sponsoring a Zoom talk by USD alumnus, lawyer and financial wellness coach Erik Carter ’09 (JD), titled, “Investing in Today’s Volatile Market,” on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. Pacific/6 p.m. Eastern time.

Carter will offer his ideas on how alumni can approach investing in today's market. He will discuss key mistakes most investors make in a volatile market, what to look for when choosing investments, and how to make volatility work for you. There will be opportunities for Q&A, and the total time for the presentation will be one hour.

The event is free, but RSVPs are required. Register here and learn more about Carter’s background. 

Kroc School Supports Virtual TEDxSanDiego Event, Aug. 10-13

TEDxSanDiego is presenting its latest event, “Re:Think, Re:Imagine, Re:Create,” to a virtual Zoom audience daily, Aug. 10-13, from 5 to 6 p.m.

This event is filled with powerful conversations, inspiring performances, insightful interviews, and didactic audience participation. Led by veteran TEDx organizer Jack Abbott with a team of volunteers and in collaboration with the University of San Diego's Kroc School and graduates of its Master's in Social Innovation program, this is the first-ever virtual TedXSanDiego event in its history.

The daily speaker list consists of: Dr. Edith Eva Eger, a best-selling author of The Choice: Embrace the Possible, on Aug. 10 talking on “How are You Responding to Uncertainty?”; Rhonda V. Magee, author of “The Inner Work of Social Justice,” speaks about “What’ Love Got to Do with This?” on Aug. 11; Gregory Shepard examines “What’s Your Pandemic Pivot?” on Aug. 12, including the four steps to help you survive a financial crisis; and finally, on Aug. 13, Elizabeth White’s titled talk, “We Have Work to Do,” is a conversation about the Black Lives Matter movement.

There are also performances throughout the week from Gill Sotu, a multi-faceted poet, playwright, musician, DJ and performing artist from San Diego; Lee Coulter, a soulful acoustic performer and songwriter; and Box of Beats, a recording artist, songwriter and live performer from Los Angeles. Coulter performs Aug. 10 and 11 solo, Box of Beats will be the featured artist on Aug. 12 and Coulter and Sotu will perform together on Aug. 13.

Tickets are required to get the link, but paid admission, while greatly appreciated, is optional. For those who can pay, the cost is $20.20. There is also a “waived fee” option to get a free ticket.

— Compiled by Ryan T. Blystone

Sixty-four USD summer research students will present their work in a virtual format (Blackboard) at the third annual Summer Research Colloquium on Thursday, August 6.Sixty-four USD summer research students will present their work in a virtual format (Blackboard) at the third annual Summer Research Colloquium on Thursday, August 6.

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