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The Society of Professional Journalists recently honored Annenberg Radio News with two first-place Mark of Excellence awards in its regional competiton. Annenberg TV News won three awards, including one first-place finish.

Annenberg Radio News won the newscast category and Jonathan Horn (M.A. Broadcast Journalism, ’09) won first place for radio news reporting for a story on immigrants’ paths to U.S. naturalization.
Each year, the Society of Professional Journalists presents the Mark of Excellence Awards honoring the best in student journalism. The awards offer categories for print, radio, television and online collegiate journalism. The award winners will be honored in April at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.

Willa Seidenberg, the director of Annenberg Radio News, said many students worked on each of the newscasts, but gave special congratulations to producers Chiara Canzi, Richie Duchon and Kaitlin Funaro, and hosts Courtney Kabot and Lata Pandya.

Annenberg TV News won first place in the TV news photography category for a report on wildfires, second place for a TV newscast and third place in the TV sports photography category for football coverage.

Pryor Commitment

Kelvin J. A. Davies, associate dean at the USC Davis School of Gerontology, gave the William A. Pryor Distinguished Annual Lecture at Louisiana State University earlier this month.

Davies, professor of molecular and computational biology in the Division of Biological Sciences, holds the James E. Birren Chair of Gerontology at the USC Davis School.

The lectures were established to honor longtime LSU professor William Pryor, a luminary in the chemistry of free radicals. The lectures, which are organized by LSU’s chemistry department in conjunction with the chancellor’s office, consist of one specialist seminar for the department and a broader lecture open to the LSU community and the general public. The Pryor lectureship also includes a plaque and an honorarium.

To the Moon!

USC College astronomy professor Edward Rhodes presented a public lecture titled “Keeping Our Future Lunar Astronauts Healthy by Observing the Sun From the Moon” to members and guests of the San Bernardino Valley Amateur Astronomers organization at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands on March 21.

25-Cent Anniversary

American Quarterly, the flagship journal of the American Studies Association, is celebrating its 60th anniversary, having released its first issue in spring 1949. The publication moved to USC in 2002.

On March 6, Quarterly editor Curtis Marez, associate professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, hosted a reception and roundtable discussion to mark the occasion.

The publication’s editors and board members as well as former American Studies Association presidents discussed the journal’s many highlights and its development during the past six decades, including the changes since its move from Georgetown University to USC.

Park Place

USC Rossier School of Education alumna Vicki Park Ph.D. ’08 recently was awarded the 2008 American Educational Research Association (Division A) Outstanding Dissertation Award for “Beyond the Numbers Chase: How Urban High School Teachers Make Sense of Data Use.”

Across Campus

Global Honors

Faculty and staff members are invited to nominate students for two honors to be handed out at the annual International Graduation Reception and Awards ceremony held by the USC Office of International Services.

The event will celebrate the academic achievements of the university’s graduating students and recognize students, faculty and staff who have made significant contributions to the USC international community.

To nominate, visit prior to the April 3 deadline.

Healthy Dispositions

The Keck School of Medicine of USC, the USC Institute for Global Health, UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine and the UCLA School of Public Health will host the first annual Global Health Awareness Week from April 3-10 in commemoration of World Health Day.

The week will feature a series of guest lectures by leaders in global health as well as various events to engage students in learning about, advocating for and sharing their passion for global health.

For schedule of events and more information, visit

Calling All Police …

Members of the Los Angeles Police Commission will join Chief William Bratton for a community meeting at the USC Galen Center Founders Room at 6:30 p.m. on April 7.

Commission president Anthony Pacheco, vice president John Mack, Andrea Sheridan Ordin, Robert Saltzman and Alan Skobin are scheduled to attend the two-hour meeting.

All community members are invited to attend and share their opinions, questions, concerns and comments with the police commissioners. The meeting will be co-sponsored by USC Government and Community Relations.

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