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Jane Pisano, vice president for external affairs, and Houston Flournoy,
professor of public administration and special assistant to the
president for governmental affairs, have been appointed to the
Constitutional Revision Commission by Gov. Pete Wilson.

The 23-member commission will report to the governor and the
Legislature after studying four areas of the constitution: the budget
process and how the budget serves the state’s future needs; the
structure of state governance and changes that may increase
accountability and expedite the budget process; interaction between
state and local government; and the feasibility of integrating
community resources into service delivery to reduce duplication and
increase efficiency.


John G. Matsusaka, assistant professor of finance and business
economics, has received a 1994-95 postdoctoral National and Peace
Fellowship, sponsored by the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and
Peace, at Stanford University. The fellowships provide scholars an
opportunity to spend one year at the Hoover Institution to conduct
independent research on historical and public policy issues of the 20th


The Los Angeles County Child Care Advisory Board has named Sandi
Schwarm, director of Child Care Programs, to the board’s quality child
care committee, which works to develop a position paper identifying
factors that lead to high-quality child care programs and obstacles
that undermine a program’s quality. The committee also recommends
specific measures to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors which
delineate how the county can promote good child care.

Since she joined USC in fall 1989, Schwarm has also served on the
Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Child Care.


Melvin A. Breuer, professor and chairman in the Department of
Electrical Engineering-Systems, has been awarded the IEEE Computer
Society’s Taylor L. Booth Award for Education. The award, which carries
a certificate and a $2,000 honorarium, is given annually to an
individual in the computer science and engineering field who has met
certain criteria, including writing an influential text, achieving
recognition as a teacher and inspiring others to follow careers in
computer science and engineering education.


The School of Business Administration’s Food Industry Management
Program has honored William S. Davila, president emeritus of the Vons
Companies Inc., as Food Executive of the Year. Davila’s career with
Vons spanned a variety of positions, from produce clerk to president,
chief operating officer and member of the board of directors.

He was selected not only for his leadership in the Vons organization
but for his service to the food industry as a whole, including
contributions as president of the Western Association of Food Chains.

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