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USC trustee Andrew J. Viterbi and USC computer science professor Barry Boehm have been honored by IEEE, the professional society dedicated to the advancement of electrical and computer sciences, engineering and related technical disciplines.

Viterbi will receive the Medal of Honor recognizing an exceptional contribution or an extraordinary career in the society’s fields of interest.

Boehm, the TRW Professor of Software Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, won the Simon Ramo Medal for innovative solutions to the integration of systems engineering and software engineering.

Gold medals signifying their achievements will be presented in June.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIR

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced the creation of the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq.

In support of this inaugural program, proposals are being sought from U.S. universities interested in hosting Iraqi scholars in 2010.

Those interested in participating in the program and hosting a cohort of scholars can write to IraqFulbright@cies.iie.org.

Institutional proposals can be submitted via e-mail by Jan. 18.

Final selection and notification of institutions will be announced on Feb. 8.

To learn more, visit http://www.cies.org/Fulbright/Iraq

INTO AFRICA

Undergraduate students can apply for financial help from the USC Africa Student Fund, which supports travel to Africa for study, research, service-based learning and internships.

Travel should take place for 2010 applicants between March 1 and Aug. 12. The award will consist of economy round-trip air transportation between the United States and a destination in Africa, with a total value not to exceed $2,000.

The travel must be for stays of 10 days or longer and must be endorsed by a USC faculty member. A five-page essay detailing the experience will be required upon return.

Applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher must include a personal statement and one faculty recommendation.

All applications (including the faculty recommendation form) are due by 4 p.m. on Jan. 15. For more information, visit https://uscglobal.wufoo.com/forms/usc-africa-student-fund

BRAINS & BRAUN

Ann Braun will join the Keck School of Medicine of USC as executive director of development and senior associate dean for resource development, effective Feb. 1.

Braun comes to USC from the University of Florida College of Medicine, where she served as associate dean of development and alumni affairs.

Braun and her team in Florida increased giving to medicine by 350 percent over the past four years.

SHRINK RAP

Robert Rueda, professor of psychology in education at the USC Rossier School of Education, has been appointed to hold the Stephen H. Crocker Professorship in Education.

His research in literacy and language focuses on socio-cultural and motivational processes in classroom learning and instruction with an emphasis on reading and literacy among English learners, students with at-risk conditions and students with mild learning handicaps.

He has been recognized for his research in teaching/learning issues related to academic achievement in public school settings.

PEDIATRICS PROF

D. Brent Polk has been named chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and chair of pediatrics and vice president of academic affairs at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, effective April 1.

A distinguished researcher and clinician, Polk will serve as professor of pediatrics and biochemistry and molecular biology at the Keck School of Medicine.

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