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KUSC wins LA Press Club awards

Classical KUSC staffers were honored last month for creating the year’s best radio personality profile at the Los Angeles Press Club’s National Entertainment Journalism Awards. The station also won a second-place award for radio feature.

Overall, the station received five nominations for segments that aired on Arts Alive, a Saturday morning program that covers music, film, dance, visual arts and theater in Southern California and beyond.

The winning personality profile award was given to Arts Alive producer Katie McMurran, host Brian Lauritzen and executive producer Gail Eichenthal for an interview Eichenthal did with actor Gary Oldman.

Classical KUSC won second place in the radio feature category for McMurran’s work on the segment “Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles Performs for Tolerance.” The third category the station was nominated in was for criticism involving film reviews by Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan in conversation with Eichenthal.

Keck School recruits noted orthopaedic surgeon

The Keck School of Medicine of USC has recruited Lawrence Dorr, a leader in the field of  joint replacement of the hip and knee, as clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery.

Dorr’s pioneering research has been instrumental in the design of widely used orthopaedic implants, as well as small incisions and the use of robotic surgery for total hip replacement.

Jay Lieberman, professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, said Dorr has contributed significantly to advances in total joint replacement and the improvement of robotic surgery.

“He is an internationally renowned total joint replacement surgeon who has dedicated his whole career to optimizing the results of these procedures,” Lieberman said.

Dorr’s recruitment, Lieberman added, marks the beginning of an expansion of the department’s clinical expertise and capabilities in joint replacement, sports medicine and spine surgery.

Renowned ear surgeon joins the Keck School

John Niparko has been named professor and chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, effective Feb. 1.

Niparko comes to USC from Johns Hopkins University, where he is professor and director of the Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, as well as medical director of the Division of Audiology.

Niparko was selected from a group of more than 50 candidates after a 17-month national search. He succeeds Dale Rice, who is stepping down from the position of department chair after 30 years of service.

Niparko’s immediate goals include expanding the department’s clinical programming, initiating new strategies for training residents and medical students, and developing collaborative relationships that will bolster research.

Paul Debevec

Debevec joins motion picture academy’s Technology Council

Paul Debevec, associate director for graphics research at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and research professor in the Department of Computer Science at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, has accepted an invitation to join the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Established in 2003 by the academy’s board of governors, the council provides a forum for the exchange of information, promotes cooperation among diverse technological interests within the industry, sponsors publications, fosters educational activities and preserves the history of science and technology of motion pictures.

In 2009, Debevec received a Scientific and Engineering Award from the academy for the “light stage” capture devices and the image-based facial rendering system for character relighting.

Debevec, whose work was most recently seen in Avatar and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, has been a member of the academy’s visual effects branch since 2010.

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