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Krisztina Holly, vice provost for innovation and executive director of the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation, has become a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The group will support President Obama’s innovation strategy by helping to develop policies that foster entrepreneurship and identifying new ways to take ideas from the lab to the marketplace to drive economic growth.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced the new members on July 13 at a University Innovation Forum at the University of Michigan, where participants discussed the role of universities in innovation, economic development, job creation and commercialization of federally funded research.

Green Focuses on Gang Violence

USC Rossier School of Education professor Alan Green trained school counselors, social workers and administrators from four post-secondary vocational high schools in St. Maarten over the summer.

Green’s goal was to help educators and mental health professionals deal with increasing levels of violence, particularly gang violence, on the island and in the Caribbean. An urban American-styled gang culture has been emerging throughout the Caribbean for the past five or so years, Green said.

Architectural Guild to Honor Alum Edmiston

The USC School of Architecture’s Architectural Guild has selected Southern California environmentalist Joseph T. Edmiston ’70 and architecture writer and radio host Frances Anderton to receive architecture and urbanism awards Oct. 7 at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens.

Edmiston will accept the 13th Parkinson Spirit of Urbanism Award named in honor of architects John and Donald B. Parkinson. The award commemorates the early 20th century civic and commercial projects that helped define the urban character of Los Angeles.

Since 1997, Edmiston has led the implementation of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Strategic Plan, the overarching goal of which is to provide the Los Angeles and Ventura County metropolitan region with a green buffer of “real nature.”

Alumna Named CEO of Preschool Nonprofit

Celia Ayala Ph.D. ’93 was named CEO of Los Angeles Universal Preschool, a nonprofit funding agency for preschools and day care centers.

Ayala had worked for three years as chief operating officer at the Los Angeles Urban League prior to her appointment.

Charity Golf Tournament Tees Off Oct. 21

A charity golf tournament to benefit the Notre Dame Club of Los Angeles Scholarship Endowments and the USC Caruso Catholic Center and Our Savior Parish will be held Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m. on the Eisenhower Course at the Industry Hills Golf Club.

For more information, call Bert Bader at (818) 631-5650 or

Woodburn Wins $10,000 Scholarship

USC College undergraduate Greg Woodburn has received the nationwide Pearson Prize for Higher Education recognizing students who have made an impact on their college campus and community.

Woodburn, one of three students to win a $10,000 scholarship, was required to create a video explaining why he deserved the prize. He told the story of starting Give Running, a nonprofit organization that provides running shoes to people in the United States and developing countries.

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