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Mark D. Amey has joined USC as chief information officer for several units.

Amey will lead the development and implementation of information technology strategic plans and procedures for USC University Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the Doctors of USC physician group.

One of Amey’s top priorities is to create a seamless information delivery system among these entities, enhancing faculty and staff communication and patient care delivery.

Amey previously served as regional chief information officer and vice president of Ascension Health Information Services in Tucson, Ariz., and the Carondelet Health Network hospitals of Ascension Health. In those roles, he was responsible for regional leadership and management of information services for eight hospitals totaling 1,461 beds, various clinics and related services.

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The Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation is offering grants to be used in France by Southern California academics.

Scholar in residency grants include a stipend of $30,000 for research for a semester during the 2010-11 academic year plus accommodations at the Chateau de la Bretesche, with furnishings and utilities paid.

The foundation expects a scholarly publication to result from the research.

Grants of $35,000 will be awarded to academics who qualify to host an international three-day colloquium at the chateau next summer.

Candidates for the Scholar in Residency grants must submit a resume, research proposal and a department or administration endorsement no later than Oct. 15. They must demonstrate that a grant is essential to their proposed project and academic career.

Applicants for colloquium grants must submit a topic, list of proposed participants and a draft budget by the above deadline.

For more details, call the foundation at (818) 730-0353.

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Richard Callahan, associate dean and director of leadership programs at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, has been appointed to a newly formed advisory board for the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control.

The department is responsible for protecting California residents and the environment from toxic harm. Its programs encompass managing hazardous site cleanups, enforcement of policies for handling hazardous wastes, water and soil evaluation, risk assessment and pollution prevention.

The five-member performance review panel will help guide the department’s policy and management decisions.

Callahan, whose areas of expertise include public sector leadership and organizational effectiveness, called the panel an “innovative approach to increasing performance results in state government.”

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