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This year’s Benefits Fair will be held 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Von KleinSmid Center Plaza on the University Park campus and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the quad on the Health Sciences campus.

Open enrollment, which ends Nov. 20, is the only way employees can change from one medical or dental plan to another; add or delete dependents to medical or dental plans; change accidental death and dismemberment insurance coverage; enroll for 2010 flexible spending accounts; and add or delete the Hyatt Legal plan.

Changes are effective on Jan. 1.


Carl Q. Christol, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of international law and political acience, has written The American Challenge: Terrorists, Detainees, Treaties and Torture – Responses to the Rule of Law, 2001-2008 (University Press of America, 2009).

The book is a sequel to International Law and U.S. Foreign Policy, Second Edition and is based on original sources such as the U.S. Constitution, treaties and critical Supreme Court decisions.

In The American Challenge, Christol explores the significance of the constitutional concept of separation of powers and the growing authority of military law, in addition to the roles of Congress and the courts in the protection of civil and political rights and liberties.


Three faculty members at the USC School of Social Work have received newly announced grants.

Assistant professor Karen Lincoln received a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to help fund a study investigating the social and psychological risk and protective factors for depression among African-Americans, Caribbean blacks, Asian Americans and Latinos.

Lawrence Palinkas, the Albert G. and Frances Lomas Feldman Professor of Social Policy and Health, was awarded a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to look at how policymakers and practitioners acquire, use and interpret research evidence.

Assistant professor Janet Schneiderman received a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to prevent medical neglect of children in the child welfare system.


USC School of Rossier alumna Cherie Rector PhD ’94 co-wrote the undergraduate textbook Community Health Nursing: Promoting and Protecting the Public’s Health.

Rector is a professor at California State University, Bakersfield.


USC Rossier School of Education alum Lawrence Kemper ’75 has been given the title of Professor Emeritus of Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne.

Kemper is the co-author of The Politically Intelligent Leader: Dealing With the Dilemmas of a High-Stakes Educational Environment.


The Hispanic Public Relations Association awarded USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism students four of its eight scholarships created to recognize outstanding Hispanic students who are pursuing careers in public relations and related communications fields.

Communications students Ben Gutierrez, Manuel Miranda and Tanya Prouty and public relations student Jocelyn Torres attended a recent awards ceremony where they were honored for their achievements.


Research on stem cells and cancer will be supported by junior faculty awards from the Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation to the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Krzysztof Kobielak, assistant professor of pathology, and Chengyu Liang, assistant professor of research in molecular microbiology and immunology, each will receive $75,000 for one year to support their work.

In addition, the foundation has awarded $50,000 in continued support for the Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship Program under the direction of Sandra Mosteller with the Keck School Office of Curriculum.

The Baxter Foundation provides seed funding to help prepare and support junior faculty embarking on their careers and starting up their independent laboratories.


Terence D. Sanger, an associate professor of biomedical engineering, neurology and biokinesiology at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has joined the Division of Neurology at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

He spent the previous nine years at Stanford University, where he established the Child Movement Disorders Clinic and Research Laboratory.

Sanger directs the National Institutes of Health’s Taskforce on Childhood Motor Disorders, and he founded the Child Motor Study Group.

He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children with disorders of movement, including dystonia, cerebral palsy, chorea, ataxia, tremor and myoclonus.

Sanger will establish a research laboratory at the USC Viterbi School dedicated to understanding the causes of movement disorders in children and discovering new treatments and technologies that will improve the ability of children to move and communicate.


The Oct. 26 issue of USC Chronicle mistakenly ran a front-page photo of USC School of Pharmacy Dean R. Pete Vanderveen instead of USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development Dean Jack H. Knott.

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