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Communication professor Manuel Castells, holder of the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology & Society, won Spain’s 2008 National Sociology and Political Science Prize in recognition of his contributions in sociology and political science.

The seven-person jury, overseen by the chairwoman of the Centro de Investigaciones Sociol�gicas (Sociological Research Center) and comprised of sociology and political science academics, unanimously voted for Castells.

Castells is the author of 22 academic books and editor or co-author of 21 additional books as well as more than 100 articles in academic journals.

Wave Action

Maria Todorovska, a research professor in the Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was among 18 prominent women in civil engineering selected worldwide as role models for aspiring female engineering students.

Todorovska was named in a paper published in the International Journal of Engineering Education, a British journal. The author was Yin Kiong Hoh, a faculty member at the National Institute of Education of the Nanyang Technological University, a major research university in Singapore.

Todorovska is internationally known for her research in earthquake engineering and engineering seismology. Her research interests include seismic wave propagation in soils and structures, structural health monitoring, soil-structure interaction, strong ground motion, probabilistic seismic hazard analysis and seismic monitoring and data processing.

Child’s Work

Two research scientists at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles have been elected into the Society for Pediatric Research.

Anat Erdreich-Epstein and Michele D. Kipke will be formally honored at the organization’s annual meeting on May 2 in Baltimore, Md.

Erdreich-Epstein is director of basic and translational pediatric brain tumor research at Childrens Hospital and an associate professor of pediatrics and pathology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She earned a bachelor’s degree in medical sciences and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School in Israel.

Kipke recently assumed the role of director of the Center for Community Translation. She is the principal investigator for several studies, including research on HIV prevention and obesity.

Kipke earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from New York University and a Ph.D. in experimental/health psychology from Yeshiva University in New York.

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