USC National Science Foundation Fellows Share Research on Neonatal Care, Microbial Ecology of the Sea, Semantics of Dari Language

November 4, 2011


WHAT: The All Fellows Forum fosters a community of USC graduate students committed to interdisciplinary approaches. USC has 28 graduate students who are, or recently were, funded by the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

The NSF program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions.
WHEN:  12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8.
WHERE: The Forum at the Tutor Campus Center, Room 450. Lunch provided.

Sadaf Soleymani joined a startup company after college to find innovative solutions in therapy for atrial fibrillation. Currently pursuing her doctorate in biomedical engineering in the area of neonatal hemodynamic monitoring from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Soleymani’s research interests are to improve understanding of pre-term infant physiology and bedside monitoring in neonatal intensive care.
Amanda Liss, a first-generation college student, is working on her doctorate from the USC Marine Environmental Biology program in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.  Her scientific interests are in microbial ecology and biogeochemical cycling of marine systems.  Currently, she is studying trace metals, primarily nickel, as potentially limiting micronutrients for marine organisms involved in global nitrogen and carbon cycling.  She spent two months out at sea conducting research off the coasts of Peru and Chile, in addition to a summer of research at the Wrigley Institute of Environmental Sciences on Catalina Island.
Ellen OConnor is interested in the syntax-semantics interface, both from a formal and experimental perspective and is working toward a doctorate in linguistics from the USC Dornsife College.  Her current projects include the syntax and semantics of comparison in Dari (a form of Persian spoken in Afghanistan).

Contact: Eddie North-Hager at (213) 740-9335 or