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The deadline to submit nominations for the USC Emeriti Center’s second annual J. Tillman Hall Staff Award for Service to USC has been extended to Thursday, Feb. 25.

The award, named in honor of the Distinguished Professor Emeritus, will be presented at the 25th annual Staff Retirement Recognition Luncheon on March 18. It acknowledges post-retirement service by a USC staff member.

For nomination forms, go to and click on “awards.”


Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is celebrating 25 years of the T.J. Martell Foundation’s commitment to the hospital’s Pediatric Cancer and Leukemia Research Program, which conducts leukemia and cancer research for infants, children and adolescents.?

The foundation helps Childrens Hospital to investigate childhood malignancies of the nervous system (brain tumors and neuroblastoma), the eye (retinoblastoma) muscle and bone (sarcomas) and blood cells (leukemias).

Founded in 1975, the T.J. Martell Foundation is one of the world’s primary funders of innovative leukemia, cancer and AIDS research that leads to practical, effective treatments in the near term.


Two researchers with the Saban Research Institute of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the Keck School of Medicine of USC have received grants from the organization Stand Up to Cancer.
Elizabeth R. Lawlor is an assistant professor of pediatrics and pathology at the Keck School. Markus M�schen is director of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Program at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and associate professor of pediatrics at the Keck School.
Over a three-year period, Lawlor and M�schen will each receive up to $750,000 as part of Stand Up to Cancer’s innovative research grants program, which supports the next generation of cancer research leaders. The organization has awarded 13 young scientists a total of $9.8 million to support high-risk/high-reward cancer research.


Michelle Arbeitman, the Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at USC College, has received a $325,148 federal stimulus grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

The award enables Arbeitman to hire one postdoctorial researcher and one technician, as well as undergraduates to help advance the understanding of the molecular genetics of reproductive behaviors and physiology in fruit flies.

The goal is to provide a deeper understanding of the molecular genetics of social behaviors — such as courtship displays — with the long-term objective of understanding human behaviors.


Joanna Smith, assistant director for the Center on Educational Governance, has joined the USC Rossier School of Education faculty as an assistant research professor.

Smith has worked on numerous charter school studies. Her research interests include K-12 education policy, governance and reform.

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