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Scholarly Trio
The Bureau of Health Professions has named three first-year students in the USC Primary Care Physician Assistant Program as National Health Service Corps Scholars.

Arlene Glass-Lopez, Paul Lee and Rachel Soares were honored by the bureau for their diverse skills and experiences in the medical profession and commitment to serving medically underserved communities. As NHS scholars, they provide one year of service in areas of health-care shortage, in turn receiving full tuition support.

Glass-Lopez has worked in clinics both in Los Angeles and the Dominican Republic and has worked in STDs/HIV education. She has done research in various areas, including Alzheimer’s disease, African American wellness and HIV behaviors.

Lee, a certified emergency medical technician, has worked as a student athletic trainer and a physical therapy aide. He worked in the trauma section of the LAC+USC Medical Center and the surgical unit at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.

Soares has worked in clinics as a Spanish language translator and medical assistant. She has worked extensively in AIDS research and education, teaching in India and at the University of San Francisco. She was co-director of the AIDS Education Project at UC Davis.

Peace Prize
Walter Williams
, professor of history, anthropology and gender studies in USC College, has received the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award from the Gandhi Institute for Reconciliation and Morehouse College at Mudd Hall of Philosophy.

Williams was recognized for his work during the peace movement of the 1960s and efforts throughout his career to promote human rights for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was his role model, and during his time as an undergraduate at Georgia State University, he invited King to speak, Williams said in his acceptance speech.

‘Love’ Notes
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation recently named “Love Letter” the best film in the children’s programming category at the College Television Awards, honoring the work of producers Borga Dorter and Samantha Reynolds, who graduated from USC’s production MFA program in 2005.

The 17-minute short, about a letter that lands in the hands of school bullies, was directed by fellow MFA classmate Trent Jones and written by his wife Cynthia.

“It was great to be honored,” said Dorter about the prize of $2,000, a screening at the Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood and an industry mentor that he and Reynolds landed as a result of the competition. “But Trent was the driving force behind the project. The way he was willing to creatively involve us really added to our experience.”

Around Campus

The Vote Is In
Florence A. Clark, professor and chair of the department of occupational science and occupational therapy, was recently elected vice president of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Clark, who has been a member of the AOTA since 1970 and has served on its board of directors since 2003, pledged to provide stability and continuity in leadership and promised to maintain its focus on key issues such as expansion and facilitation of research endeavors.

As vice president, she will fulfill all presidential duties in the absence of the president and will assume a key leadership role. Her three-year term begins this month.

Checking Up
USC Employee Health & Wellness Days
will be held Tuesday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Norris Medical Library Quad on the Health Sciences Campus and Wednesday, April 19, outside the Student Union building from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Faculty and staff should bring USC ID for free diabetes, hypertension and osteoporosis screenings, as well as information on cholesterol, cancer prevention and more.

Water World
Swim With Mike, the 26th annual fund-raising event for handicapped athletes, generated $825,000 April 8. The event has been held at USC since 1981, after USC alumnus and former swimmer Mike Nyeholt broke his neck in a motorcycle accident.

All told, Swim With Mike has raised more than $5 million for athletes who have become handicapped.

In the News

Ballot Measures
Elizabeth Garrett
of the USC Gould School of Law was quoted in a Time magazine story about the popularity of nonbinding ballot initiatives in many communities. “Referendums are the protest vehicle for the new century,” Garrett said. “People are dissatisfied with federal leadership, and voting is the best way they know to voice it.”

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