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The American Journal of Ophthalmology published five scientific manuscripts by Rohit Varma, director of the Ocular Epidemiology Center at the Doheny Eye Institute, in its May edition, as well as an editorial on a study he led.

The papers focus on research conducted as part of the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study, for which Varma is principal investigator.

Researchers found that during a four-year study, Latinos developed visual impairment and blindness at a higher rate than any other ethnic group in the country, when compared with estimates from other U.S. population-based studies.

Moore Elected to Transportation Board

USC Viterbi School of Engineering professor James E. Moore II has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the California Transportation Foundation.

Moore is the first academic to serve on the foundation’s board and the first ever nominated to do so.

Moore is a professor and chair in the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He also serves as faculty director of the Astani Department’s Transportation Engineering Program.

He holds a secondary appointment at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and is one of the founding executive committee members of the National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research.

LADWP Board Re-elects USC Rossier Alum

Members of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power board unanimously re-elected Lee Kanon Alpert ’71 as president on July 22.

Alpert is an award-winning San Fernando Valley advocate, attorney and mediator. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from USC.

Molisch Awarded Okawa Grant

USC Viterbi School of Engineering professor Andreas Molisch has received a 2010 research grant award from the Okawa Foundation to support his research on wireless systems for health care.

Molisch is an internationally noted researcher in wireless technologies who joined USC as a professor and a member of the Communication Sciences Institute in January 2009. His research interests include the measurement and modeling of wireless mobile radio channels.

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