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Jim Gordon, chair and associate dean of the division of biokinesiology and physical therapy at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, has been named recipient of the 2011 Polly Cerasoli Lectureship, presented by the education section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Named for the former chair of the physical therapy program at the University of Colorado, the lectureship recognizes distinctive contributions to the profession by educators, administrators, practitioners and mentors.

Gordon was cited for his leadership in physical therapy education, distinguished service to the profession, vision for the profession’s future and compelling lecture style. He will deliver the lecture at the 2011 combined sections meeting of the association in New Orleans.

Gordon joined the division of biokinesiology and physical therapy in 2000.

Professor’s Firm Wins Grand Prix du Jury Award

Studio 0.10 Architects, a Los Angeles-based firm cofounded by USC School of Architecture adjunct assistant professor Andrew Liang, has won the Grand Prix du Jury Award at the fourth annual Archizinc Trophée competition for the design of the MüSh Residence in West Los Angeles.

Twelve prizes in four categories were presented in a ceremony held on June 14 in Paris. A jury of 12 international architects selected the project from more than 220 international entries.

The MüSh Residence is a 5,000-square-foot single-family home located in a postwar enclave of West Los Angeles. Designed for an artist and his wife, the house takes the form of two monolithic blocks sharing a courtyard.

Archizinc Trophèe is a biannual international competition aimed at rewarding the most creative architectural creations and their integration into the environment.

Studio 0.10 Architects is an award-winning firm working in commercial, institutional, nonprofit and residential construction.

On the Road to a Transportation Award

USC Transportation has earned the 2011 Innovative Transportation Solutions Award from the Los Angeles chapter of Women in Transportation for its transportation services on campus.

USC was nominated for the award in part because of its number of trams and a reduced carbon footprint from using biodiesel buses.

In the past 18 months, USC Transportation has added or expanded several programs, including the ZioCar program, which allows cars to be rented hourly, and Zimride, a social Web site for carpooling.

Stiles Receives Support for Diabetes Research

USC assistant professor Bangyan Stiles has received a five-year, $283,500 grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Stiles aims to discover if regeneration of beta-cells in adult tissue can be induced by manipulating the PTEN gene, which is present in almost all cells of the body.

Beta-cells are responsible for creating insulin to regulate blood-glucose levels. Without beta-cells, glucose levels increase, leading to diabetes.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases is part of the National Institutes of Health. Stiles previously was awarded a grant from the institute to support her PTEN gene research.

Brewer Provides an Education in D.C.

Dominic Brewer recently returned from Washington, D.C., where he represented the USC Rossier School of Education in a meeting with the leading research-intensive schools of education.

Brewer participated in an advocacy briefing for congressional staff members who focus on practitioner-based research that can have an impact on student achievement and teacher traits.

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