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Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history at USC College, has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in history for his book Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance 1950-1963.

Published in 2009 by Oxford University Press, the book concludes Starr’s seven-volume cultural history of the Golden State collectively titled Americans and the California Dream. Each book in the series covers a critical time period in California’s vibrant history.

In Golden Dreams, Starr focuses on the state’s economic, social and cultural forces during the postwar period, when the California we know today first burst into prominence.

Trio Tapped by Higher Ed Institutes

Sarah F. Hamm-Alvarez, Kathleen Speer and Allyson G. Hill have been selected for the Higher Education Resource Services institutes (HERS).

Department of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences chair Hamm-Alvarez, the Gavin S. Herbert Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and associate dean for research affairs at the USC School of Pharmacy, earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry at Duke University and a B.A. in chemistry at Carleton College. She will participate in the HERS institute at Wellesley College.

Speer, associate dean of faculty and research at USC College, earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting at the University of Arizona. She will participate at the Bryn Mawr Summer Institute.

Hill, assistant dean of admissions at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, earned a master’s degree in higher education administration at Ohio State University. She will participate in the HERS institute at the University of Denver.

Apuzzo Named Founding Editor of New Journal

Michael L. J. Apuzzo, the Edwin Todd/ Trent H. Wells, Jr. Professor of Neurological Surgery and Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, was named founding editor in chief of World Neurosurgery, the first new neurological journal launched by a major society in 32 years.

The journal is published by Elsevier, the publisher of more than 20,000 scientific medical titles. It will address operative techniques as well as scientific, clinical, educational, social, cultural, economic and political ideas and issues that affect regional neurological practices, research and education.

Food Drive Continues Through May 13

A Community Place, a student organization that distributes food to the working poor and homeless near USC, is sponsoring a food drive through May 13.

Non-perishable items such as canned goods, peanut butter, cereal, crackers and dried fruit can be dropped off at cardboard boxes located at USC parking structure kiosks. Boxes also will be placed in the United Ministry lounge.

Trojan Marching Band Performs With Glee

On April 17, 30 members of the USC Trojan Marching Band took to the stage at the Coachella Music Festival. The group joined rockers Coheed and Cambria during the final song of their set.

The band also added a new entry to its list of TV credits: an appearance as the McKinley High School marching band on the April 20 “Power of Madonna” episode of Glee, joining actors Amber Riley and Chris Colfer for a performance of “4 Minutes.”

Grad Students Win Math Prizes

USC graduate students Mahyar Salek and Vlad Vicol won this year’s prizes for excellence in research with a substantial mathematical component.

The $1,000 prizes were handed out April 19 by the USC Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences.

Salek, a student at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, was cited for his work on algorithmic game theory, an interdisciplinary research field that involves economics, computer science and math.

Vicol, a USC College student, was cited for his work on the equations that describe the motion of fluids.

The selection committee included Michael Arbib, Susan Friedlander, Solomon Golomb and Michael Waterman.

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