The Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houstoninvites applications for part-time lecturer positions to teachSpanish at the undergraduate level in the areas of basic language,literature, linguistics, and culture. In addition, th e Departmentoffers specialized in Spanish for the Professions through itsgrowing programs, medical Spanish, and education. The primary goalof the Department is to provide students with the backgroundrequired to perform well in graduate programs and a wide range ofcareer options.The Department is particularly interested in candidates with nativeor near-native language proficiency in Spanish. Applicants shouldhave a Ph.D in Spanish; however, those holding a masters degree inSpanish will be considered. Lecturer appointments are made on asemester basis.T he University of Houston is the premier urban research andteaching university in Texas and the most ethnically diverseresearch university in the nation. Our outstanding faculty andfacilities draw students from across the country and around theworld.Application should include cover letter/ letter of application,curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, teaching philosophy orstatement, and contact information for three (3) professionalreferences.University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Actioninstitution minorities, women, veterans and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply.Qualifications :Successful applicant will have native or near-native languageproficiency in Spanish. Ph.D in Spanish is preferred howevermasters degree in related field will be considered.Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for afaculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of finalcandidate. All position at the University of Houston are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.
On the heels of the Undergraduate Student Government elections, the candidates for the Graduate and Professional Student Senate are kicking their campaigns into high gear.There are three candidates running for GPSS president this year: Edward Ng, a first-year graduate student studying public policy and urban planning; Jenny Novak, a second-year graduate student studying geography; and Juanita Price, a first-year graduate student studying education.The GPSS election differs from the USG election in that the senators, not the student body, choose the candidates. GPSS has about 60 senators representing the different graduate departments; senators will vote during the March Senate meeting.There are far fewer GPSS candidates this year, according to Abhinav Chandran, public relations chair for GPSS. Chandran said typically there have been as many as six or more candidates for each position, but this year GPSS changed its rules. Now, candidates must have prior GPSS experience to run for a position.Of the candidates, Novak has the most GPSS experience. Last year, she served as a senator for the geography department, and this year she is working as the Campus Affairs Chair.Novak said the relationships she has formed with administrators during her two years with GPSS make her a qualified candidate for president.“I have been going to a lot of meetings, and I’m developing a lot of relationships that will be well-suited to the presidency,” she said.Though Price has only been at USC for one year, she has experience working in student government at two other schools in addition to USC.“I have a passion for advocacy and for education, and I’ve been doing this since community college,” Price said. “I offer something that the other candidates don’t offer; I offer the experience of coming through three different institutions, and I have a larger viewpoint of what it means to be the voice of a student.”Currently the finance chair for GPSS, Price worked in student government both at UC Riverside, where she earned her undergraduate degree, and at community college.Ng, who currently serves as a chair for the LGBT and Allies committee for GPSS, worked as the University Affairs Committee Chairperson in the student government and served as president of the Residence Hall Association at Rutgers University, where he completed his undergraduate studies. He said he believes that experience has helped make him a strong leader.“That experience lends itself very well in GPSS because one of our chief things to do is to advocate,” Ng said. “I have this outside experience. I can combine that with my experience at USC and create newer innovative ideas and approaches to challenges we face on campus.”Ng said the most important issues he wants to address are the Metro Transportation Authority TAP card program and housing, noting that he also intends to be flexible in his approach.“A GPSS president needs to be flexible in learning about what the student population wants and needs and adapting to these needs,” he said.Ng is stressing his organizational skills and commitment in his campaign for the presidency.“I have a strong commitment to ensuring that information is available,” Ng said. “If you look at my committee web page, I make it a point to say that I update this every week, on Thursday at 3 p.m. And I always make sure I do so.”Like Ng, Novak also intends to focus on the MTA TAP card program and housing if elected. Another key issue she sees, however, is GPSS publicity.“I want to see GPSS as a household name across campus [because] it seems like a lot of students come in and don’t know about GPSS,” she said.She added that she is willing to work on the long-term planning that will lead to great things she might not necessarily be here to see.Price said the problems she intends to tackle if elected include implementing tax-exempt stipends for graduate student jobs and improving transportation.“One thing that’s very important is this whole issue on transportation — working with the executive board and the senate to make sure we get the TAP card. It would help the professional students be able to move around and get home,” she said.Price said she also wants to work more closely with senators to link the senate and the executive board.Campaigning for the president of GPSS began last week. Candidates are currently meeting with senators and passing out fliers, and elections will be held March 29.
Virtual clinic visionary · Leslie Saxon, in collaboration with the Institute for Creative Technologies, aims to bring virtual doctors to patients. Kristen Zung | Daily TrojanTwo USC institutes are developing a Virtual Care Clinic to bring the health care system online.The USC Center for Body Computing and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies collaborated to ensure that patients can access important information about their medical conditions anytime and anywhere. Leslie Saxon, the founder and executive director of the Center for Body Computing, first conceived the idea of a Virtual Care Clinic. Saxon, who leads the project, is also the chief of the division of cardiovascular medicine at USC. “I was inspired by the fact that we have so few highly trained specialists in the world and so many human beings across the world who need access to care,” Saxon said. “If you could just bring this leverage of specialists over a larger population, that would be really amazing.”Scott Dorman, the managing director at the Center for Body Computing, said the main idea behind the project revolves around supporting each individual according to their needs.“[Saxon’s] idea and her vision was to develop an entire ecosystem around a patient or a health care consumer that will be virtual,” Dorman said. “A patient or a general health care consumer or really anybody who owns a smartphone will be able to access a virtual doctor 24/7 anytime, anywhere that they choose.” Dorman said most patients have the same kinds of general questions about their diet or precautions when they go to a doctor, so the purpose behind the virtual doctor program is for the patient to get basic information from virtual doctors. They can then spend more time asking more important questions unique to their own condition when they physically visit the doctor. Virtual doctors can provide contextualized, high-quality information to the patients whenever they need it.“This system wouldn’t prescribe you medication or wouldn’t give you a diagnosis,” Dorman said. “The most difficult part is that there are so many different complex layers and pieces to a worthwhile project like this … that we believe can truly change the health care system.” Saxon said the goal of this project is to create a global health care system such that doctors will be able to help patients who are at different locations. Patients will feel more empowered and knowledgeable. She emphasized that the Virtual Care Clinic will be especially helpful for those who live with certain chronic diseases, as it will integrate them with their caregivers and doctors and provide them with the right kind of information. “As a practicing physician, I want to spend my time on the patients who need me, not on people who don’t require me and who could be cured … digitally,” Saxon said. The virtual doctors will provide tailored information based on the patient’s characteristics and where they live, according to Saxon. The virtual doctors can not only talk to patients but also reply with empathy, Saxon said.Dorman added that the Institute for Creative Technologies plays an important part in the development of this project.“Our strategic partner is the Institute for Creative Technologies that does all the computer rendering of virtual doctors,” Dorman said. “We are very closely aligned with them on this project, and they are the ones who are responsible for really creating the virtual characters, which may be used for other purposes.”The Virtual Care Clinic application hopes to provide information in many different languages, so that it can become a global tool.“We will provide them [with] information that they can then use and hopefully engage in more preventive behavior,” Dorman said. “We just want to try and prevent people from getting to the point where they are suffering with a disease and allowing it to get to such a stage where they require emergency medical care.”