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Viterbi Newswire 2/14/07

THE VITERBI NEWSWIRE - February 14, 2007


E-Newsletter of the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering

BRAIN CHIPS
Scientific American magazine features Ted Berger's research on brain chips.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/tools/download/?asset=/assets/032/52221.pdf&name=Sci_American_2007.pdf

VITERBI SCHOOL'S QUIET SUPERSTAR ENTERS THE NFL HALL OF FAME
Bruce Matthews, a stellar student athlete, was a record-setting collegiate and professional offensive lineman, as well as an engineer.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/viterbi-s-quiet.htm

VITERBI SCHOOL PLAYS MAJOR ROLE IN NEW VIDEOGAME INSTITUTE
USC's Provost's Office has established the USC Games Institute, which will be "an umbrella of activity" for schools and departments involved in games research.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/provost-s-office.htm

FIGHTING AIDS WITH GENE THERAPY
Biochemical engineer Pin Wang and an interdisciplinary team of scientists are fighting HIV with synthetically engineered immune cells.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/will-genetically-altered.htm

CHONGWU ZHOU WINS FIRST IEEE NANO HONOR
The Hsieh Department standout wins IEEE Nanotechnology Early Career Award for making carbon nanotubes self assemble into useful structures.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/hsieh-department-standout.htm

ROBERT SCHOLTZ RECEIVES IEEE SUMNER AWARD
 The Viterbi School electrical engineer is honored "for pioneering contributions to ultra-wideband communications science and technology."
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2005/2005_07_05_scholtzsum.htm

THE ROAD TO SPACE
Mike Gruntman, chair of the Astronautics and Space Technology Division, chronicles the history of spaceflight in a Distance Education Network webcast.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/road-to-space.htm

TWO VITERBI STUDENTS WIN GOOGLE GADGET GOLD
Every year the ubiquitous search service challenges student computing whizzes to create new and useful web gadgets and two of five winners are from Viterbi.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/viterbi-students-bring.htm

STUDENT BALLS OF FIRE
Viterbi students will conduct microgravity experiments on NASA's microgravity laboratory to study combustion in space.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/students-set-to.htm

THE DEAN MAKES A LIST
On the list you'll find all Viterbi undergraduates who achieved a 3.5 grade point average or higher.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/fall-2006-deans.htm

IN THE NEWS

o The L.A. Times covers music and math with Elaine Chew.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/tools/download/?asset=/assets/033/52351.pdf&name=Timeschew.pdf

o The New York Times explores technology commercialization with USC Stevens and the Viterbi School's Information Sciences Institute.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/tools/download/?asset=/assets/032/52236.pdf&name=timesjan1807.pdf

o Najm Meshkati pens an oped for the Houson Chronicle: "Create a Safety Culture"
http://viterbi.usc.edu/tools/download/?asset=/assets/033/52352.pdf&name=meshkati.pdf

o The Times of London reports on robotic house construction and Behrokh Khoshnevis.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/tools/download/?asset=/assets/034/52700.pdf&name=KhoshnevisTimes.pdf

o Trojan Family Magazine spotlights USC bio-nanotechnology research.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/tools/download/?asset=/assets/034/52609.pdf&name=Nano1.pdf