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A Selection From The Teen and Transgender Comparative Study, a solo exhibition by Charlie White, USC Roski School of Fine Arts associate professor and director of the MFA program, will be on display at 80 Washington Square East in New York City through Jan. 27.

Over the course of a year, White worked to identify teen and male-to-female transsexual subjects who, when viewed together, would create a visual bridge between female adolescence and male-to-female sexual transformation.

The exhibition, which was made possible by a Zumberge Faculty Research and Innovation grant, is part of The Girl Studies, a project that includes the film American Minor.

White’s most recent solo exhibitions were Spilling Hot Gossip at the Oslo Kunstforening in Norway and OMG BFF LOL at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut.

KEEP THE FAITH

Varun Soni, the dean of religious life at USC, received an award Oct. 11 from the Southern California Committee for a Parliament of World Religions.

The award recognizes Soni’s leadership of student religious life at USC, his efforts to achieve civic harmony in Los Angeles and his commitment to the mission of the parliament.

The parliament will host an international interfaith gathering in Melbourne in December.

DARING DESIGN

The new USC School of Cinematic Arts complex was featured on the cover of the national magazine School Construction News.

According to the article, although the university is not pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the $175 million complex, it is designed to meet LEED Gold requirements.

PRIZED PICK

Professor Ada Yonath of the Weizmann Institute in Israel, who won the 2004 Massry Prize from a foundation begun by Shaul Massry, professor emeritus of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Yonath won both prizes for her work in mapping the structure of ribosomes, the protein-producing factories within cells at the atomic level.

To date, nine of the Massry Prize laureates have gone on to win the Nobel Prize. Yonath is the fourth woman scientist to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and the first since 1964 when Dorothy Crawford Hodgkin of Britain received the honor.

RAPID ASCENT

Alan L. Epstein, professor in the Department of Pathology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, received an award of $3.5 million for a drug development project through the National Cancer Institute’s Rapid Access to Intervention Development program.

Epstein’s breakthrough discovery is aimed at helping patients with metastatic melanoma and renal cell carcinoma, diseases that affect more than 50,000 people in America every year.

THE EYES HAVE IT

The Doheny Eye Institute at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has won a 2009 R&D Magazine 100 award for its U.S. Department of Energy-funded artificial retina project designed to restore sight to the blind.

The artificial retina, a unique bio-electronic implant, gives those with retinitis pigmentosa – a severe form of retinal degeneration leading to blindness – the ability to recognize objects and navigate in their environment.

The implant is eventually intended to enable patients to read large print and recognize faces. Thirty patients have had artificial retina systems implanted as part of clinical trials to date.

AHN ACCOMPLISHMENT

USC Rossier Ph.D. student June Ahn has received the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory Scholars Program Award.

Ahn is currently examining how urban high school students use social networking sites to influence their school engagement, social capital and academic achievement.

FOR THE RECORD

The Oct. 19 front-page story on Jane Goodall should have mentioned that she is an adjunct faculty member in USC’s Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, as well as a distinguished adjunct professor and co-director of the Jane Goodall Research Center at USC College.

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