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Allison Engel, USC director of communications, has been named associate director of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, based at USC and funded by the Office of the Provost.

She succeeds journalist Barbara Eisenberg, who has begun an extensive book project. Eisenberg will remain a fellow at the institute.

The institute is co-directed by Steven J. Ross, professor of history, and Louise Steinman, cultural programs director for the Los Angeles Public Library. Its membership is composed of 100 fellows, half from academia and half representing other local and national institutions: museums, film societies, theatre companies, magazines and others.

Engel currently is editor of USC Chronicle, senior editor of USC Trojan Family Magazine, a Web editor for USC News and coordinator of photography for university publications. During her tenure, the magazine won its first national gold CASE award for writing excellence and was cited for compelling photography.

She will leave University Communications on May 31.

USC Dentistry Journal Named Best Student Newsletter

The Explorer, the annual research magazine written, designed and published by Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC students, was awarded the 2010 American Association for Dental Research National Student Research Group award for best newsletter.

Members of USC’s student research group were presented with a commemorative certificate during a meeting of the International Association for Dental Research in San Diego on March 17.

The Explorer
contains articles on major research topics, interviews of faculty members, testimonials from students conducting research and lists of projects presented during the school’s annual Research Day event.

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