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Prose and Cons

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, associate professor of American studies and ethnicity and of geography in USC College, has been awarded the Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize for the best first book in American studies that highlights the intersections of race with gender, class, sexuality and/or nation. Her book, Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (University of California Press) was published in 2007.

In Good Health

David Poindexter, the founder and former president of Population Communications International, is the 2008 recipient of the Everett M. Rogers Award for Achievement in Entertainment-Education.

Poindexter will speak on the diffusion of entertainment-education at the Everett M. Rogers Colloquium luncheon on Oct. 2. Later that evening, he will be recognized as the fourth recipient of the annual award at the Sentinel for Health Awards ceremony in Los Angeles at the Writers Guild of America, west.

Poindexter has had more than 30 years of experience in communications strategies promoting family planning and reproductive health worldwide, including the application of entertainment-education methods in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Let’s Get Physical

Six USC Ph.D. biokinesiology students are among 25 physical therapists across the country who received scholarships totaling $292,500 from the Virginia-based Foundation for Physical Therapy.

Scholarships of up to $15,000 are awarded by the foundation to physical therapists or physical therapist assistants who have been formally admitted to doctoral candidacy.

George J. Beneck, Shawn Farrokhi, John Popovich and Jill Stewart were among the recipients of those scholarships.

As part of its Doctoral Opportunities for Clinicians and Scholarships program, the foundation awards scholarships of $7,500 each year to physical therapists or physical therapist assistants who have completed at least two full semesters or three full quarters of their coursework toward a doctorate.

Mark Lyle and Kristen Stearns received these awards.

Warming Up to the Environment

Third-year USC Gould School of Law student Jeremy Lawrence has won the “Endangered Environmental Laws” Student Writing Competition.

Lawrence will receive a $2,000 cash prize for his winning entry, which was published in the Environmental Law Reporter.

The paper looked at how states are generating their own rules and regulations to handle global warming and how they can implement individualized global warming plans without violating the Constitution, Lawrence said.

Specifically, he examined the Western Climate Initiative, a regional collaboration to address climate change. The participants include California and five other western states, plus three Canadian provinces.

One of Lawrence’s conclusions was that the regional plan probably will not have an effect because the next president and Congress likely will develop a national plan that would supersede it.

Flying Above the Radar

Charles L. Weber, an expert in the design of radar and communications systems in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering at the USC Viterbi School, has been appointed professor emeritus in recognition of his exceptional achievements and contributions to the field. He retired from his position as professor in May.

Weber had a distinguished 44-year career at USC, specializing in spread-spectrum systems, signal acquisition and tracking, radar systems and blind equalization, areas that are close to the research expertise of communications entrepreneur and USC trustee Andrew J. Viterbi.

Viterbi served on Weber’s Ph.D. committee at UCLA, where Weber earned his doctorate in 1964. Prior to that, Weber was a Hughes fellow during his master’s degree work at USC.

He is the author of many technical publications and textbooks and developed several new courses that continue to be offered in the electrical engineering curriculum.

Healing Others

Francine R. Kaufman, professor of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine, has been named the recipient of the 2008 Physician Humanitarian Award from the California Hospital Medical Center.

The Los Angeles Humanitarian Awards were inaugurated in 1986 to recognize the leadership and contributions of individuals who have significantly improved the quality of life in Los Angeles.

In 1991, the Physician Humanitarian Award was established to pay tribute to the unselfish and compassionate efforts of physicians who exemplify the mission and values of the California Hospital Medical Center.

Kaufman, who is also director of the Comprehensive Childhood Diabetes Center and head of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, accepted the award at a gala dinner at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

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