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Michael E. Kassner, professor in the USC Viterbi School Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, has been named director of research of the Office of Naval Research.

Kassner served as chair of aerospace and mechanical engineering from his 2003 arrival at USC until this summer. He has more than 37 years of experience in research and higher education and will remain on the faculty of the USC Viterbi School while on fellowship leave.

FEDERAL CASE

On Oct. 20 and Oct. 21, USC’s Office of Federal Relations will host its annual workshops assessing the federal research outlook for the year ahead.

The workshops will prepare faculty to connect their research goals with anticipated federal research trends in 2010.

Faculty members can RSVP at www.usc.edu/esvp by entering the code word “federal.”

The first 90-minute workshop will begin Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Norris Topping Tower, Rm. 7409, on the Health Sciences campus. The other session will start Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Tutor Hall, Ming Hsieh Boardroom, on the University Park campus.

SUPER SURGEON

Stephen Sener has joined the Keck School of Medicine of USC as professor of clinical surgery. The renowned breast surgeon is serving as chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Sener was a professor of surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

He also served in 2004-05 as national president of the American Cancer Society and was a volunteer chairman of the society’s cancer incidence and end results committee. The work led to the development of the National Cancer Database.

BALANCING ACT

Jaime Lester Ph.D. ’06 and Margaret Sallee Ph.D. ’08 have written Establishing the Family Friendly Campus: Models for Effective Practice.

The book examines the need for family friendly policies to help faculty, students and administrators balance their personal and professional lives.

PRINTING PRESS

USC Rossier School of Education associate professor Darnell Cole and lecturer Shafiqa Ahmadi received a USC Advancing Scholarship grant for their book A Jihad in American Education: The Experience, Stereotypes & Identity of Muslims in Higher Education.

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