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The USC Staff Assembly named Teresa Rodriguez, assistant coordinator for the Department of Physiology, as the university’s Employee of the Month for April.

Department chair Richard Bergman and Bill Strippoli, associate dean for administration and faculty affairs, nominated Rodriguez for her remarkable dedication to her work.

Specifically, they noted that despite being on standby for gall bladder surgery and being told to rest at home, Rodriguez continued working throughout the week and also on Saturday to ensure that two NIH grant proposals would be completed before their deadline.

The books of three USC professors have won recognition in Doody’s Rating Service: A Buyer’s Guide to the 250 Best Health Sciences Books, which culled the authors’ works from a database of 2,700 titles. The authors were: Phillip Ralls, professor of radiology; Edward Schneider, dean of the Andrus Gerontology Center & Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, and Bradley Williams, associate professor of clinical pharmacy. Noted were Ralls’s CT and Sonography of the Acute Abdomen; Schneider’s Handbook of the Biology of Aging, and Bradley’s Clinical Pharmacology and Nursing.

Carol A. Miller, a neuropathologist and professor of pathology, has been named the recipient of the Simon Gratz Research Award from the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

The award recognizes outstanding individual faculty or alumnae and is given once every three years. Miller is a co-principal investigator of the Alzheimer’s Research Center of Southern California and a NIMH MERIT Award researcher. She has also been elected as a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the French Foundation.

The Department of Nursing Program recently held its 14th annual awards ceremony, honoring 34 outstanding graduate and undergraduate students.

More than 340 people attended the awards banquet, held on the University Park Campus. Graduate award recipients included: Tracey Oliver, Ellen Gershen, David Kwaitkowsky, Krista Pearl, Elizabeth Wong, Melisa Tiffany, Shelly Melvin and Diane Dayton.

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