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Faculty, staff, students and the USC Trojan Marching Band gathered in Tutor Hall on Feb. 25 to celebrate the 75th birthday of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s namesake, Andrew J. Viterbi.

USC Executive Vice President and Provost C. L. Max Nikias and USC Viterbi dean Yannis C. Yortsos were on hand for the unveiling of a large circular plaque bearing a sculpted image of Viterbi on the ground floor of Tutor Hall.

Viterbi, who earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from USC in 1962, is the co-founder of Qualcomm.

Viterbi and his wife Erna named the engineering school with a $52 million gift in 2004.

Mitra Tapped for Cancer Research Honor

Anirban P. Mitra, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Pathology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has been elected for a three-year term on the Associate Member Council, the main leadership body for young career scientists at the American Association for Cancer Research.

The selection is made each year from applications received around the world by the association’s executive council. Mitra is the first USC scientist to receive the honor.

Mitra will be formally installed at the association’s annual meeting in April in Washington, D.C. She will report to the association’s president Elizabeth Blackburn, a 2009 Nobel Prize winner in medicine.

The American Association for Cancer Research is the oldest and largest cancer research organization in the world. Founded in 1907, it has a membership of more than 28,000 cancer investigators worldwide.

Associate members include young scientists who focus on basic, translational and clinical cancer research.

Early Career Awards for USC Viterbi Professors

The National Science Foundation has awarded two USC Viterbi School of Engineering assistant professors with 2010 Faculty Early Career Development awards.

Andrea Hodge and Rahul Jain received these awards in recognition of their research, leadership and education.

Hodge was awarded a five-year, $500,000 grant to improve nanostructured materials in terms of thermal stability and ductility.

Jain received a five-year, $425,000 grant to study the role that economic incentives play in the operation of the Internet and wireless infrastructure.

Lemonade to Open at New Tutor Campus Center

USC Hospitality will bring Lemonade, owner Alan Jackson’s Los Angeles-based concept, onto campus with a stand-alone restaurant to open this summer in the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center.

The eatery will be located on the second floor of the five-story Tutor Campus Center. It will be the restaurant’s fifth Los Angeles location, joining those in downtown, Venice and West Hollywood.

The menu will include sandwiches, vegetarian items, pot roasts, desserts and, of course, lemonade.

The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner, seating approximately 40 people inside and another 25 on the patio. The design will feature retro touches to create its part lemonade stand, part grade-school cafeteria feel.

Student Affairs Goes Green

In an effort to become the leanest, greenest office of Student Affairs, departments are racing to complete USC’s Green Office Certification Program this spring.

To kick off the competition, the Student Affairs Green Team invited the USC Office of Sustainability to host a special training session for Student Affairs staff. Representatives from more than 18 departments attended.

Departments have until April 1 to fill out their Green Calculators — interactive Excel spreadsheets that automatically tally environmentally friendly practices on a percentage-based scale.

The Office of Sustainability will conduct audits throughout April and award departments bronze, silver, gold or platinum certifications for their efforts. The Student Affairs office with the highest score as of May 1 will receive a prize at the annual Student Affairs barbecue in May.

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