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Bonnie Hui, a student in the Pharm.D. program at the USC School of Pharmacy, has won the Pharmacy Times/Wal-Mart RESPy award.

Nominations for the national competition are based on a pharmacy student’s dedication to community service. A panel of judges chose Hui as a 2008 winner for her demonstration of “commendable conduct and potential as a community pharmacist.”

Hui coordinates and participates in numerous health fairs throughout the Los Angeles area, including the St. Francis Back to School Health Fair, the L.A. Tofu Festival Health Fair and the El Monte Health Fair. Along with fellow USC Pharmacy students, Hui performs diabetes, cholesterol and osteoporosis screenings and immunizations. She also educates local communities about important health issues.

Last summer, Hui volunteered at a rural hospital in Ghana as part of the International Pharmaceutical Students Federation Exchange Program. Participating in the Ghana Drug Safety Outreach Campaign, she helped educate residents about common diseases and the proper use of drugs.

After graduation, Hui plans to obtain a residency in community pharmacy or ambulatory care. She also is interested in international health care and continuing to advance the pharmacy profession through media.

Where There’s Smoke …

The California Department of Public Health has awarded the Keck School of Medicine of USC more than $1 million to develop patient education materials for the state’s tobacco control programs.

The grant will fund a three-year collaboration between the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Keck School’s Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research to develop and test culturally relevant multimedia, as well as interactive educational materials for priority populations in multiple languages.

Specifically, the program will target African-Americans, American Indians, Hispanic/Latinos, Asian and Pacific Islanders, rural populations, low and no literacy populations and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School, will lead the program, which will establish the state’s first tobacco education materials development laboratory.

Baezconde-Garbanati said the effort would complement the activities of the USC Norris’ Patient Education and Community Outreach Center and the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Resource Library.

Janet Villarmia, associate director for administration at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, said the new program is significant because it will serve as the main research agency to develop educational materials for the State of California’s tobacco control programs.

Tess Cruz and Carol Kaprowski, both at the health promotion institute and preventive medicine, are co-principal investigators on the project, which is scheduled to begin in April.

Take a Chair

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering has created a new early career chair – the school’s seventh – with a gift from parents Colleen and Roberto Padovani to recognize faculty in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering.

Dean Yannis C. Yortsos, who made the announcement, said the Colleen and Roberto Padovani Early Career Chair will acknowledge electrical engineering faculty who show exceptional distinction and promise within their fields.

Padovani, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Qualcomm, holds a laureate degree from the University of Padova, Italy, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, all in electrical and computer engineering. Prior to establishing the new chair, he spearheaded a fund-raising initiative that created an endowment to support the Viterbi Museum in Ronald Tutor Hall. The museum houses photographs and memorabilia of the Viterbi family and Andrew Viterbi’s illustrious career.

The Padovanis are the parents of Niccolo Padovani, an undergraduate engineering student in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Matteo Padovani, a fine arts major in the USC Roski School of Fine Arts.

With the addition of the Padovani Early Career Chair, the USC Viterbi School now has seven early career chairs.

Faculty members appointed to an early career chair demonstrate promise for distinguished accomplishments and an exceptional academic career.

Education for All

USC College sociology professor Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo will be honored at the 31st annual �Adelante! California Awards dinner on March 12.

�Adelante! California is a nonprofit group dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities throughout the state and nurturing youth through educational programs that promote advocacy.

Props for 2 Profs

USC Rossier School of Education professors Guilbert Hentschke and William Tierney have been selected as joint recipients of a 2009 Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award.

The award will be presented at the 28th Annual Academic Honors Convocation on April 14 at Town & Gown.

Cyber Central

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Information Sciences Institute will work with SPARTA Inc., a systems engineering and advance technology company, among other collaborators, in an effort to strengthen the nation’s defenses against cyber attack.

The $8.6 million award to SPARTA Inc. is a key part of the National Cyber Range program at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

The National Cyber Range will be a test bed consisting of computers and computer systems on which various cyber scenarios may be evaluated to provide a comprehensive, unbiased assessment of the security of information and automated control systems.

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