California Infants Remain at High Risk After Initial Report of Maltreatment

A new study by the Children's Data Network has found that 60 percent of infants in California who were reported to the child protection system for alleged maltreatment were re-reported for suspected abuse or neglect within five years.

Tattoos as Therapy

Adjunct Lecturer Gabe Crenshaw took part in the reality television show “Ink Shrinks” on the Spike network. The show’s premise is based on the idea that the body releases endorphins to combat the pain of getting a tattoo, allowing those undergoing the procedure to be more open to therapy. After having a therapy session with the client, the show's professional psychologists and tattoo artists work together to “prescribe” a tattoo designed to help clients heal by serving as everyday reminders of how far they’ve come.

Orange County Veterans Face Mental Health Challenges

A study from the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families surveyed more than 1,200 veterans in Orange County, California, and found that one in five post-9/11 veterans had considered suicide. Adm. Mike Mullen, former Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, said at the study's release that the data proves the need for community leadership in veteran reintegration.

Faculty Honored with Endowed Chair, Professorships

Professors Suzanne Wenzel, left, and William Vega recently were presented with donor-funded professorships by USC Provost Michael Quick, along with Dean Marilyn Flynn, who was named to an endowed chair, and Professor Ron Avi Astor, who also received a named professorship. These positions establish a connection between research and philanthropy that honors both scholarship and a donor’s vision.

Gen. Dempsey Visits USC

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited USC March 23. “What you have done here is both unique and inspirational and, more important, it’s effective,” he said, acknowledging the work of the university and the School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families.

Spotlight

This year's All School Day, “Race Relations in the 21st Century,” featured Compton Mayor Aja Brown and USC professors Manuel Pastor and Jody Armour, who discussed the state of race relations today and its possible the future.

People

Assistant Professor Julie Cederbaum, right, won a USC Mellon Mentoring Award for helping to build a supportive academic environment. PhD student Jaih Craddock nominated her for the award.

Giving

Already past its midway mark, The USC Social Work Initiative has secured $40 million over the past four years for scholarships, research, faculty leadership and program development, among many other areas.