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Viterbi Newswire 8/29/06

THE VITERBI NEWSWIRE

August 29, 2006

 
ISI WINS SHARE OF $10.2 MILLION HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT 
The Viterbi School¹s premier research institute will lead USC¹s partnership with the Institute for Discrete Sciences and three other universities.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/viterbi-school-wins.htm

USC VITERBI SCHOOL TO LEAD $2 MILLION NIH STUDY
USC Researchers from the Viterbi School, the School of Pharmacy and the Keck School led by biomedical engineer and physician Tzung ³John² Hsiai will study atherosclerosis with MEMS sensors.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/usc-wins-2.htm

DETLOF VON WINTERFELDT JOINS VITERBI¹S EPSTEIN DEPARTMENT
The renowned expert in decision and risk analysis is the director of the USC Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events
(CREATE)
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/create-director-detlof.htm

CENTER FOR SOFTWARE ENGINEERING ADDS SYSTEMS 
The USC Center for Software Engineering becomes the Center for Systems and Software Engineering and has a plenary convocation slated for October.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/news_20060718.htm

TAU BETA PI SCHOLARSHIPS FOR TWO VITERBI UNDERGRADS 
A Navy-bound triathlete and a junior hoping to systematically manufacture Barbie dolls receive scholarships from the national engineering honor society.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/viterbi-undergrads-win.htm

LEARNING SOFTWARE IS ON A LEARNING CURVE ISI¹s 
Carole Beal wants teaching software that will better adapt to student needs and predict who will try to ³game² the software.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/news_20060717.htm

VITERBI RESEARCHER NAMED TO PRESTIGIOUS NSF BOARD 
Yolanda Gil, associate director of ISI's Intelligent Systems Division, will advise the Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering Directorate.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/viterbi-ai-researcher.htm

DAN EPSTEIN HONORED BY INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERS
The namer of the Viterbi School¹s Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering receives the Presidents Award for leadership and commitment.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/news_20060716.htm


IN THE NEWS

USC President Steve Sample, an electrical engineer who is also on the Viterbi School faculty, pens an article for The Bridge on the art of leadership from the perspective of an engineer.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/tools/download/?asset=/assets/024/49788.pdf&name=The%20Bridge%20Spring%202006.pdf

In a Science news brief, Costas Synolakis warns that the Indian Ocean tsunami warning system has gaps.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/tools/download/?asset=/assets/002/40271.pdf&name=SCIENCE2006July07.pdf

Following the latest tragic tsunami, Costas Synolakis argues in the Wall Street Journal that advanced technology is not enough.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/tools/download/?asset=/assets/023/49054.pdf&name=250706-H--A-012%201.pdf

ABC News Future Tech visits ISI¹s SuperBot Lab and its modular automatons.
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1990116,00.asp

Serious Games? Science and Society talks to GamePipe lab director Mike Zyda about the Viterbi School¹s new videogame degrees.
http://www.scienceandsociety.net/podcasts/archives/2006/07/dr_michael_zyda.html

The Daily Trojan reports on the Viterbi School Information Technology Program¹s text-messaging scavenger hunt.
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California Construction probes USC¹s building management acumen with Henry Koffman, director of the Viterbi School¹s Construction Management Program.
http://california.construction.com/news/newswatch/archive/0608b.asp

Maja Mataric in New Scientist: With the right personality, robot therapy can be good for what ails you.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/tools/download/?asset=/assets/023/49186.pdf&name=nsmaja.pdf

All the world¹s a videogame and USC is where they are made. California Connected reports on the impact of video games.
http://www.californiaconnected.org/tv/archives/452

Wired talks to Viterbi¹s Bart Kosko on his new book, Noise. Even the most annoying racket can be beneficial.
http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.08/play.html?pg=4

Air Material Command describes Wei-Min Shen¹s project to improve defense planners¹ ability to make accurate predictions.
http://www.afmc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123022601

The Institute for Operations Research and Management looks at USC¹s Randy Hall as he applies industrial engineering to managing patient flow in hospitals.
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