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USC President Steven B. Sample will be among the honorees at the 2009 USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association Scholarship and Awards Gala on April 17 at Town & Gown.

In addition to Sample, who will receive the association’s President’s Award for visionary direction, the organization will honor three outstanding members of the Trojan Family.

Professor emeritus Ken Miura ’64 will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. IW Group president/COO Nita Song ’97 and KTLA Morning News co-anchor Frank Buckley ’87 will receive leadership awards.

Funds raised at the event benefit current and future USC students through Asian Pacific Alumni Association programming and a scholarship endowment.

The gala will begin at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and reception, followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by visiting For more information, call (213) 740-6380.

Rave Reviews

Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan won first place in the category of radio criticism at the second annual Los Angeles Press Club National Entertainment Journalism Awards.

Turan earned the award for his film reviews on Classical KUSC’s Arts Alive.

Nano Wafers

USC scientists have demonstrated a process they say allows manufacturing of carbon nanotube wafers that can perform all the functions of silicon chips at a potentially competitive cost.

The method created by a team led by USC Viterbi School of Engineering professor Chongwu Zhou was described in the journal Nano Letters.

Zhou’s group includes graduate students Koungmin Ryu, Alexander Badmaev and Chuan Wang.

Scrip for Success

USC School of Pharmacy Ph.D. candidates Erik Serrao, Tino Sanchez and Ben Xu have won fellowships to support their respective research projects in drug development.

Sanchez received a two-year, $50,000 dissertation fellowship from the California HIV/AIDS Research Program, which provides funding to support HIV/AIDS research in California.

Sanchez, who works in the lab of associate professor Nouri Neamati, is working toward the development of drugs for patients with HIV.

Serrao, another grant winner doing HIV/AIDS research in the lab of Neamati, was awarded a $19,000 Oakley Fellowship, part of the USC Graduate School Endowed Fellowship Competition.

Xu was awarded a Sj�gren’s Syndrome Foundation student fellowship, which will help support his research project on an autoimmune disease characterized by tear gland inflammation and dry eye.

Across Campus

She Means Business

Robyn Walker, assistant professor of clinical management communication at USC Marshall’s Center for Management Communication, has been named editor of The Journal of Business Communication.

One of the preeminent publications in the discipline of business communication, the journal strives to publish manuscripts that contribute to knowledge and theory of business communication as a distinct, multifaceted field.

Walker earned her Ph.D. in communication at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She is the author of Strategic Business Communication: An Integrated Ethical Approach and a contributing author for the Cengage Publishing textbook “BCOM.”

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