USC sponsors annual Sacnas Conference

first_imgUSC is sponsoring the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science’s annual national conference, “Creativity, Vision, & Drive: Toward Full Representation in STEM,” from Oct. 16-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.SACNAS is a national organization comprised of scientists who are committed to the academic success of Hispanic, Chicano and Native American students, postdoctoral researchers and professionals in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.“At the beginning of each school year, we give all new incoming Hispanic students a planner of resources, and SACNAS is one of those resources,” said William N. Vela, director of El Centro Chicano. “The number of Latinos and Native Americans [in science] are underrepresented and programs like SACNAS give them more resources, role models and exposure to those fields.”Since its founding in 1973, SACNAS has become a network of 25,000 members, partners and friends, according to its website. USC is home to one of two independent chapters in the Los Angeles community.“SACNAS is the largest national organization that promotes STEM careers for underrepresented groups,” said Alexis Moreno, assistant vice dean of diversity and strategic initiatives at USC. “It started two years ago with the idea of getting students, from undergraduate to graduate to postdoctoral, and connecting them to national networks.”According to Moreno, the university’s sponsorship of the event will enable undergraduates participating in the convention to meet USC faculty, students and administrators, as well as tour university science facilities such as the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations and the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island.“It should be exciting,” Moreno said. “Thursday night there’ll be a welcome concert by [LA-based Chicano rock band] Quetzal and Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Dean Steve Kay will be making remarks at Friday’s lunch.”Beatriz “Abril” Lopez-Bermudez, a senior majoring in chemistry who hails from Mexico City, is a member of USC’s SACNAS chapter.“SACNAS has been an important source of information,” she said. “I’ve become more knowledgeable about the resources offered to students in STEM majors.”Her principal investigator, chemistry professor Brent Melot, introduced her to the organization.“He explained that it would be a great idea for me to be part of it and participate in their conference this year,” Lopez-Bermudez said.Lopez-Bermudez plans to present a paper that she and her mentors worked on entitled “Dependence of the Li-Ion Conductivity and Activation Energies on the Crystal Structure and Ionic Radii in Li6MLa2Ta2O12.”“Since this is my very first conference, I am really looking forward to meeting people in the field of chemistry and energy, as well as to present what we’ve been working on in lab,” Lopez-Bermudez said. “I want to make both my mentors and my school proud.”Vela believes USC’s involvement in SACNAS offers a promising future for its minority students.“I think it’s a great thing that USC has decided to take the lead on this,” Vela said. “In addition to the groups like Latinos and Native Americans, there are some groups within those groups that are even smaller in number, like Latina women, and I would think that to have any national organization geared specifically towards them really brings pride to those students and gives them a sense of belonging.”last_img read more

Maria Sanchez moves into second round at indoor championship

first_imgUSC junior Maria Sanchez powered her way through the first round on Thursday of this year’s ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships hosted by Yale University.Sanchez ousted Laura Vallverdu from the University of Miami 6-2, 6-3 Thursday morning.Sanchez, ranked No. 17 in the ITA preseason singles rankings, claimed the singles crown at the ITA West Regionals in San Diego last week for the second year in a row. This secured her a place in this weekend’s national tournament with competition against the top 36 singles players in the nation.“I just want to keep working on my individual goals and have fun. Hopefully the results will come,” Sanchez said.Sanchez’s win in the opening round propelled her into Friday’s round of 16. She will play against Anastasia Petukhoua of Fresno State Friday at 7:30 a.m. In a close match on Thursday, Petukhoua knocked off the tournament’s No. 1 seed 6-4, 7-5.Sanchez played in this same tournament last year, but lost in the quarterfinal round.If Sanchez beats Petukhoua today, she will compete in the quarterfinals later today at 2:30 p.m. The semifinals will take place on Saturday, followed by the finals on Sunday.This weekend’s indoor tournament, one of three national championship events on the college tennis calendar, features a 32-player singles draw.With Sanchez in New Haven, Conn., six other players will compete in singles and doubles play at the Duals in the Desert tournament in Palm Springs, Calif. this weekend. (Freshman Danielle Lao is out due to injury and sophomore Elizabeth Marsico and junior Jennifer Goldman will not be attending.)Representing the doubles teams will be junior Lyndsay Kinstler and freshman Valeria Pulido, sophomore Alison Ramos and senior Sarah Fansler, and juniors Cristala Andrews and Leyla Entekhabi.The Duals in the Desert features competition from UCLA, USC, Northwestern and Georgia Tech.last_img read more

Tyus Battle named ACC Player of the Week

first_imgSyracuse guard Tyus Battle has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week. He averaged 23 points and four rebounds per game across the Orange’s (5-2) two wins last week.At then-No. 16 Ohio State last Wednesday, Battle played all 40 minutes. He finished with 20 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the floor and 7-for-8 from the foul line. Then on Saturday against Cornell, Battle led the Orange with 26 points on 10-for-17 from the field. He made four 3-pointers, as well. Battle has moved himself to No. 43 on the all-time Syracuse scoring list, a point behind Arinze Onuaku. The Orange are in action next on Tuesday against Northeastern. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on December 3, 2018 at 3:21 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more