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Applications for USC Neighborhood Outreach grants funded by the Good Neighbors Campaign are being accepted now until March 31.

Any benefits-eligible employee or university department is eligible when they partner with a community-based, tax-exempt organization that operates and has a home base within the outreach boundaries surrounding the university’s two campuses.

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Staff Award Nominations Sought

All members of the USC community are invited to submit nominations for the President’s Award for Staff Achievement, which will be presented at the Staff Recognition Award on April 27.

The award, which carries a $2,000 honorarium, is presented annually to a current, full-time staff member who has made outstanding contributions to the enhancement of USC.

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 25. Nominations should be sent to Diane Schrader, who can be reached at or (213) 821-8116.

Major (Ivy) League

A journal article written by Estela Mara Bensimon and Alicia C. Dowd, co-directors of the Center for Urban Education, appeared in Harvard Educational Review’s Winter 2009 issue.

The article draws on the voices of three Latina and two Latino students who transferred from a community college to four-year colleges.


Institute for Creative Technologies director Randall W. Hill Jr. has been selected as a member of the Board on Army Science and Technology of the National Academies.

The board was established at the National Academies by James Ambrose, the undersecretary of the Army, in 1982. It serves as a convening authority for the discussion of science and technology issues of importance to the Army and formulates independent Army-related studies conducted by the National Academies.


Shahab Asgharzadeh, Elizabeth R. Lawlor and Guy A. Young, three research-scientists at the Saban Research Institute of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, have been elected to membership in the Society of Pediatric Research.
Asgharzadeh, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at USC, is an independent investigator in the areas of neuroblastoma and medulloblastoma.
He and his colleagues developed a novel detection technique for determining chromosome copy number alterations, which are associated with the development and behavior of tumors.
Lawlor, an assistant professor of pediatrics and pathology at the Keck School of Medicine, has studied cancer molecular biology and cancer stem cell biology.
She investigates Ewing’s sarcoma, with a focus on mechanisms by which neural crest stem cells become transformed into this malignancy. Lawlor and her colleagues developed a cell culture model for Ewing’s sarcoma research that utilized molecular biological techniques. She has relocated to the University of Michigan since being elected.
Young is an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at the Keck School. He has received funding from the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. Young studies novel anticoagulant therapy in children with thrombosis. He also researches the management of bleeding symptoms in patients with hemophilia.


Jon Pynoos, the UPS Foundation Professor of Gerontology at the USC Davis School of Gerontology, will receive the Excellence in the Field of Aging Award from the American Society of Aging for his contributions to aging-related research, advocacy and administration.

Pynoos serves as the director of the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modifications, and the co-director of the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence at USC.

Pynoos’ work has been instrumental in helping older people to age in place and to insure there are housing options connected with services in the community for those who have become frail. He has been a pioneer in the field of housing, home modifications and environmental design and their impact on older people.

The award will be presented March 15 at the Aging in America conference.

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