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John Brekke, the Frances G. Larson Professor of Social Work Research at the USC School of Social Work, will give the 2011 Aaron Rosen Lecture at the 15th annual meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research in January in Tampa, Fla.

At the meeting, Brekke’s career accomplishments in mental health services research will be recognized.

Since 1989, Brekke has been the principal investigator on five longitudinal studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and one funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The studies looked at ways to improve community-based services for individuals diagnosed with severe mental illness.

Brekke currently is a principal investigator on three National Institute of Mental Health grants, including a project that seeks to speed the use of evidence-based practices into community-based treatment for individuals with schizophrenia.

In Memoriam: James F. Smith

James F. Smith, a universally admired teacher, performer, arranger and guitar impresario, died Sept. 24 after battling brain cancer for nearly two years.

One of Smith’s lasting contributions to the guitar world was building the classical guitar program at the USC Thornton School of Music into one of the most innovative in the country.

Among Smith’s notable achievements were the training and nurturing of the Falla Trio and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, organizing the 1981 and 1986 Segovia Master Classes at USC and his tireless advocacy for new music and championing of talented composers.

Smith served on the executive board of the Guitar Foundation of America in its early years and served as the group’s president in 1985. He was an active member of the international guitar community, giving master classes and performances at a number of schools and festivals around the world.

Smith is survived by his four children, Judson, Adrienne, Earyn and Dusan; his mother Marie Hymel; his sisters Anne and Christine; and his brother Thomas.

A memorial service is planned for Dec. 8 in Bovard Auditorium. Details will be given in an upcoming issue of USC Chronicle.

Massry Prize Winners to Speak at HSC

James E. Rothman, the Fergus E. Wallace Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Yale University, and Randy Schekman, an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, have been named the recipients of the 2010 Massry Prize.

The prize, which includes a substantial monetary award, recognizes outstanding contributions to the biomedical sciences and advancement of health.

The recipients will give lectures Thursday on the Health Sciences campus. A reception will be held in the Hoyt Gallery at noon, followed by lectures in Mayer Auditorium at 12:30 p.m.

Alum Tapped to Chair Radio Free Europe Board

The board of directors of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Inc. has approved the appointment of Dennis Mulhaupt ’77 to serve as the chair of Radio Free Europe’s corporate board.

Mulhaupt is a former senior associate dean at USC College, where he taught undergraduate courses in international relations. He is founder and managing director of Commonwealth Partners Inc., a firm that provides advisory services to philanthropic institutions and families.

Mulhaupt was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees all nonmilitary U.S. international broadcasting organizations, including Radio Free Europe and Voice of America.

Neurological Assn. Honors W. King Engel

The American Neurological Association recently bestowed honorary membership in the organization upon W. King Engel, professor of neurology and pathology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the director of the USC Neuromuscular Center.

The award, the association’s highest honor, recognizes individuals who have made unique contributions to neurology and neurobiological science and demonstrated excellence as investigators and teachers on a national or international level.

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