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USC Hospitality kicked off the spring semester with the openings of Daphne’s Greek Caf� and Wasabi Sushi at Caf� 84.

Daphne’s entr�es include gyros, grilled chicken and falafel pita sandwiches, Greek salads and pita burgers. Combos include a $6 meal deal with any pita sandwich, fries and a soft drink.

Wasabi Sushi offers a selection of Japanese appetizers. A variety of Nigiri sushi is available, including shrimp, salmon and yellowtail. Vegetarian sushi selections include a roll topped with avocado.

STELLAR SUPPORT

Varun Soni, dean of religious life at USC, was recognized with an award on Jan. 8 by the Los Angeles Baha’i Center.

His award was given for “unfailing support” for human rights and the freedom of religious expression on the 100th anniversary of the center.

FOR THE CHILDREN

The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program has awarded a $4.7 million grant to support the Childrens Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases and the creation of the Bogart Leukemia Research Program at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

The five-year grant also will support 25 scholarships and personal laptops for pediatric cancer survivors entering college.

Stuart E. Siegel, director of the Childrens Center and professor and vice chair of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and Robert C. Seeger, a physician-researcher with the center and professor of pediatrics at the Keck School, will oversee the research.

POWER PLAY

USC Viterbi School of Engineering professor Fred Aminzadeh and his colleagues have won U.S. Department of Energy funding for a 3-D geothermal mapping and modeling effort.

The effort will focus on the Geysers area in Northern California’s Sonoma County, a high-potential geothermal energy site that is already home to commercial operations.

The two-year, $1.5 million project will be carried out in collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Geysers Power Co., the operator of existing geothermal power plants in the area.

SCIENCE SESSION

Song Guo Zheng, assistant professor in the division of rheumatology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, reported novel immunological signaling pathways in a plenary session of the 75th annual scientific meeting of the American College of Rheumatology held in Philadelphia this fall.

Zheng’s findings explain the mechanisms that underlie development of specific T cell populations, which may help lead to new treatments for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.

PUBLIC SERVANT

USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development professor Shui Yan Tang was named a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration on Nov. 19.

Fellows are chosen for their outstanding contribution to the field of public administration through public service or scholarship.

Tang was formally elected to the academy at the academy’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.

MOVING UP

USC’s Center for High-Performance Computing and Communications houses the nation’s sixth fastest supercomputer in an academic setting, according to TOP500 Supercomputer Sites, which ranks the 500 most powerful computer systems in the world.

This fall, USC’s supercomputer cluster achieved a benchmark of 72.05 teraflops, or 72.05 trillion floating-point calculations per second, on its 1,280-node, 10-gigabit-backbone cluster, placing it sixth in the nation among academic supercomputers, 19th in the world among academic supercomputers and 71st in the world among all supercomputers.

The new ranking represents a rise from last spring’s rankings, when the USC supercomputer achieved a benchmark of 51.41 teraflops and earned the rank of seventh among academic supercomputers in the United States and 76th among all supercomputers in the world.

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