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USC schools, programs recognized in U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report ranked several USC schools and programs among the top 10 in the country in its 2014 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.”

In the health disciplines, physical therapy and occupational therapy strengthened their grip on the No. 1 ranking. The Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy has ranked No. 1 since 2004. The Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy has held the top spot for all but four years since 1998. The USC School of Pharmacy ranked No. 10, while the Keck School of Medicine of USC continued its steady rise of recent years, up another three places to No. 31.

Also in the top 20 were the USC School of Social Work (No. 11), the USC Rossier School of Education (No. 17), the USC Gould School of Law (No. 18) and USC Viterbi’s PhD program in computer science (No. 20). Other ranked graduate programs included earth sciences, business, fine arts, English literature, psychology, biological sciences and economics.

Malancha Gupta (Photo/Courtesy of USC Viterbi)

USC chemical engineering professor wins CAREER award

Malancha Gupta, an expert on polymer coatings and assistant professor in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, has been selected for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award.

The award, among the most sought-after for newer faculty members, recognizes creative, integrative and effective research and educational plans. The accolade comes with a $400,000 grant, which Gupta plans to use to “push the boundaries of my current work.”

Gupta’s research focuses on the challenge of both creating porous polymer materials and affixing them to other such materials. Placing porous materials on porous materials creates a double-filtration system that can be employed for water purification and biomedical sensors that screen for disease, among many other uses.

USC Marshall dean honored for leadership

James G. Ellis, dean of the USC Marshall School of Business, received the Bernard S. Rodey Award from the University of New Mexico’s Alumni Association for his contributions to education. He accepted the accolade at the association’s awards dinner in Albuquerque, N.M.

The award recognizes those whose leadership efforts have contributed significantly to the field of education. Rodey was a congressman, a federal judge and federal government attorney who fought for statehood for New Mexico. He is often referred to as the “Father of the University.”

Ellis, who also holds the Robert R. Dockson Dean’s Chair in Business Administration and is a professor of marketing, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of New Mexico in 1968.

Agus speaks to Association of Trojan Leagues

David Agus, professor of medicine and engineering at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, was the featured speaker at the winter meeting of the Association of Trojan Leagues, which gets together at Widney Alumni House three times a year.

Tony Maxworthy (Photo/Dietmar Quistorf)

In memoriam: Tony Maxworthy, 79

Tony Maxworthy, a pioneer in geophysical fluid dynamics who held the Smith International Professorship in Mechanical Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, died on March 8. He was 79.

Recently appointed by USC President C. L. Max Nikias as Distinguished Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Maxworthy has called the university home since 1967. His research led to a better understanding of the dynamics of weather patterns, the behavior of avalanches, and the thermal structure of lakes, oceans and the atmosphere, among other subjects.

“He was a giant in the field of fluid dynamics and leaves behind a tremendous legacy,” said Yannis C. Yortsos, dean of USC Viterbi. “His passing creates a big void.”


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