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Aiichiro Nakano, who uses supercomputers to create visual models showing the interactions of millions of individual atoms, is a new fellow of the American Physical Society.

Nakano is a professor of computer science, physics and astronomy, as well as chemical engineering and materials science at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

He was a co-founder, with Priya Vashishta and Rajiv Kalia, of the Collaboratory for Advanced Computing and Simulations.

Nakano will be honored March 10 at the society’s award ceremony in Oregon.

The American Physical Society fellowship program was created to recognize members who have made advances in physics through original research and publication or innovative contributions in the application of physics.


Keck School of Medicine of USC researchers have discovered new genetic variants that provide insights into the biology of type 2 diabetes and may lead to improved treatment for patients with the disease.

Two papers co-authored by Keck School researchers Richard M. Watanabe, Richard N. Bergman and Thomas A. Buchanan were published Jan. 17 in the journal Nature Genetics.

Their research focuses on the discovery of genetic variants (or loci) regulating glucose levels, as well as type 2 diabetes.


Alice Parker, a professor of electrical engineering and former vice provost for research at USC, was profiled in NC State, a magazine published by the alumni association at her alma mater, North Carolina State University.

The story examined her desire to create a synthetic brain, which in the future could be used in prosthetic devices wired around damaged parts of the brain.


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 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.


USC Thornton School of Music doctoral candidate Lesley Leighton has been appointed assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The Jan. 25 Family Matters column incorrectly stated she was appointed the conductor.

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