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Preet Chaudhary, chief of the Jane Anne Nohl Division of Hematology and Center for the Study of Blood Diseases at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has received the outstanding investigator award from the Western Society for Clinical Investigation.

Chaudhary, who also serves as professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, co-leader of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Program and associate director for translational research at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, is a renowned physician-scientist.

USC Neighborhood Grant Applications Due Soon

USC Neighborhood Outreach is accepting 2011-12 grant applications for more than $1 million in available funding.

Any benefits-eligible university employee or department is eligible when partnering with a community-based, tax-exempt organization that operates and is based within the Neighborhood Outreach boundaries surrounding the University Park and Health Sciences campuses.

The USC partner submitting an application must attend a mandatory workshop Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Leavey Library Auditorium (lower level); Thursday, March 3 at 1 p.m. at USC Norris Medical Library West Conference Room (lower level); or Friday, March 25 at 9 a.m. at Leavey Library Auditorium (lower level).

RSVP at neighbor@usc.edu. Grant applications are due Thursday, March 31.

About That Federal Grant …

USC’s Office of Federal Relations will host its annual workshop to help faculty and staff learn about the funding outlook for extramural research at federal agencies.
The seminar will prepare faculty to connect research goals with federal research trends and influence programs and priorities at federal agencies, thereby improving grant applications.
Members of the Office of Federal Relations will be at the University Park (Credit Union Building, Room 329) and Health Sciences (Norris Medical Library) campuses Wednesday, Feb. 16 and Thursday, Feb. 17, respectively. Individuals can RSVP to Karen Hicklin at khicklin@usc.edu. Space is limited.
Help Redesign South L.A.

The Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency will sponsor two workshops to discuss design ideas on Figueroa Street, 11th Street, Martin Luther King Boulevard and Bill Roberson Lane (formerly Menlo Avenue).

The workshops will give participants an opportunity to provide input into how streets should include additional open space, cycle paths, transit stops and more places for people to enjoy.

The workshops will be held Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at 919 S. Grand Ave. (parking available for $5) and Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Roy A. Anderson Recreation Center at 3980 Bill Robertson Lane (free parking).

Badame Named Assistant Dean at USC Marshall

Diane Badame has been appointed assistant dean and academic director of the full-time MBA program at the USC Marshall School of Business.

Badame, who brings administrative, teaching and industry experience to her new position, has served as interim assistant dean and academic director of the program since March 2010.

She also served as associate dean of the executive MBA and MBA.PM programs from 2001-05. During that time, she was a member of the board of directors of the Graduate Management Admissions Council MBA Roundtable and recently was reelected to another term.

Badame specializes in marketing management, customer satisfaction and new product development. She teaches the core marketing management course in the full-time MBA program and received the Golden Apple Award in 2009. She also teaches graduate elective courses in new product development and consumer behavior.

She earned her Ph.D., Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MBA in finance from the University of Minnesota.

Badame joined USC Marshall after serving in various senior management positions in private industry with firms such as Bank of America, the Pillsbury Co. and U.S. Leasing.

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