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Viterbi Newswire 7/06/06

THE VITERBI NEWSWIRE

JULY 6, 2006

 
LEADERSHIP CHANGES
Dean Yannis Yortsos announces changes to the leadership team of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/news_20060705.htm

FACULTY NEWS
 
NAE SUPERSTAR JOINS VITERBI SCHOOL AS FIRST VARRA PROFESSOR
Internationally renowned Sanjit Mitra moves from UC-Santa Barbara to be the Stephen and Etta Varra Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering-Systems.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/news_20060411.htm
 
VITERBI FACULTY SHINE AT NATIONAL ENERGY SYMPOSIUM
T. C. Cheng, Iraj Ershaghi, Anupam Madhukar and Paul Ronney were all featured in the event also highlighted by KNBC-TV reporter Conan Nolan.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/news_20060621.htm

IRAJ ERSHAGHI HONORED BY PETROLEUM ENGINEERS
The highly respected USC Viterbi faculty member receives the Society of Petroleum Engineers Education Service Award.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/news_20060602.htm

RESEARCH NEWS

SHINING METAL WITH BACTERIA
Florian Mansfeld in the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science finds that bacteria can protect some metals from corrosion.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/news_2006061437643.htm
 
IMSC RESEARCHERS USE ³IMMERSADATA² TO IMPROVE VIDEOGAMES
The new tool captures and analyzes play to detect weaknesses and flaws in games, something videogame companies traditionally hire teenagers to do.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/news_20060606.htm
 
GETTING THE GIST OF WEB GAB
A new system from the Viterbi School¹s Information Sciences Institute analyzes virtual discussions to identify the most influential participants.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/news_20060605.htm
 
PUTTING THE BRAKES ON LIGHT
In an era when everyone wants to go faster, Alan Willner¹s interdisciplinary team is slowing down laser data pulses to accommodate higher data rates.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/news_20060601.htm
 
STUDENT NEWS 
POSTCARDS FROM MADRID
USC Viterbi students are learning engineering while still finding time for ³futbol² and bull fights in this year¹s summer abroad program in Madrid.
See their postcards.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/news_20060608.htm
 
TWO NEW INTERACTIVE GAMES DEGREES
The Viterbi School¹s Computer Science Department is now the first to offer both a BS in Games and an MS in Game Development.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/news_20060613.htm
 
26 MILES ACROSS THE SEA
MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) program brings middle and high school students to USC¹s Wrigley Marine Science Center on Santa Catalina.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/news_20060614.htm
 
AN "INCREDIBLES" COASTER WINS DISNEY KUDOS
Mechanical engineering junior Marisa Purificato¹s design for a roller coaster based on ³The Incredibles² is a finalist Disney¹s Imagi-Nations Conference.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/news_20060531.htm
 
TO BOLDLY GO
After two semesters, two all-nighters and a 10-second countdown, Viterbi students launch their rocket.  Next stop: Space.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2006/news_20060530.htm

IN THE NEWS
 
Elaine Chew of the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is interviewed on Science and Society.
http://www.scienceandsociety.net/audio/chew.mp3

Maja Mataric¹s kinder gentler robots are the subject of an upcoming Trojan Family Magazine feature.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/tools/download/?asset=/assets/002/38339.pdf&name=TFM_mataric_LW.pdf
 
California Streamin¹-- IMSC and Stanford collaborate to perform an Internet musical duet.
http://imsc.usc.edu/dip/CaliforniaStreamIN/
 
ISI Fellow Kevin Knight is interviewed on Science and Society.
http://www.worldtalkradio.com/archive.asp?aid=6922
 
Wei-Min Shen¹s SuperBot is featured on Discovery News.
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20060522/terrainbot_tec.html