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University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration Warren Bennis is one of the first two recipients of the FrED Forum Leadership Award.

Warren and Frances Hesselbein, newly appointed chair for the Study of Leadership at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, will be honored at an awards dinner on Dec. 2 in New York.

The FrED Forum, which refers to the future of executive development (the r was added as a whimsical touch), was created to improve the quality of leadership.


The USC Annenberg School for Communication has announced a partnership with the California HealthCare Foundation to do in-depth reporting on health policy issues throughout the state.

Funded by a three-year, $3.29 million grant, the California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting at the USC Annenberg School will team with journalists from traditional and emerging media to report on the most vexing health care issues facing the state: quality, access and cost.

Throughout its 12-year history, the foundation has shown a commitment to supporting and producing nonpartisan research and analysis to support evidence-based decision-making in government and the private sector.

Leading the Center will be journalism professor Michael Parks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former Los Angeles Times editor, who recently completed a seven-year term as director of the journalism school at USC Annenberg.

Parks will chair the center’s board of advisers and lead the center’s development. A nationwide search is under way for an editor in chief and a staff of journalists. The staff, to be based primarily in Los Angeles, will include one reporter in Sacramento.


The L.A. Residency Program of USC Annenberg’s Norman Lear Center’s Popular Music Project announced that Courtney Holt, president of MySpace Music, will be its 2009-10 Distinguished Resident.

From his early days playing in bands and producing music videos and commercials to his current post, Holt has merged his love of music with a commitment to increase the power and potential of music’s scope.

During the fall semester, Holt will work with undergraduate students, exploring the changing face of the music industry and the rapidly changing demands of music consumption, branding, marketing, distribution and cultural identity in the digital age. In the spring, he will participate in a USC event that will examine the challenges and promises of music’s digital horizon.


Shanghua Teng, recently named chairman of the computer science department at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, has won a 2009 Delbert Ray Fulkerson Prize, an honor presented only every three years.

Teng and collaborator Daniel A. Spielman of Yale University received the accolade for their paper on algorithms, which appeared in the Journal of the Association for Computing Machinery.

The prize program began in 1979 to honor the memory of the distinguished mathematician whose name it bears.

Teng, a theoretical computer scientist with experience in academia and industry, joined the USC Viterbi School in August.

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