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Viterbi Newswire 3/19/07

THE VITERBI NEWSWIRE - March 19, 2007

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

MOST INFLUENTIAL PAPER OF THE DECADE
Computer Science Chair Gerard Medioni is honored for a paper presented in 1996.

CISOFT HEADS INTO FOURTH YEAR GOING STRONG 
The Viterbi School's Chevron-funded center continues to expand, involve more faculty and students, and Chevron professionals.

SUPERBOTS THAT WALK, WIGGLE AND ROLL
Learn all about Wei-Min Shen's incredible reconfigurable Superbots and see video of them in action.

LESS POWER AND MORE DATA EXTENDS BATTERY LIFE
Wei Ye, researcher at the Information Sciences Institute, has developed a new protocol that dramatically improves the energy efficiency of sensornets.

VITERBI FACULTY HONORED AT CONVOCATION
Herbert Schorr wins the Presidential Medallion, USC's highest honor.

Alexander Sawchuk receives the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching. Bart Kosko wins the Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award.

SANJIT MITRA EXTENDS LIST OF AWARDS
The Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering professor becomes a Foreign Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI).

NANOTECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
In the first Spitzer Lecture, Caltech's Jim Heath says that nanotechnology will change the rules of medicine.

ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS HEADS FOR HONDURAS
Students from the Viterbi School chapter of Engineers without Borders spent their spring break to help bring water to a Honduras village.

E-WEEK IS A BIG HIT
Pies hit professors; students hit each other in jousts; and you'll want to hit this story!

WTS HOSTS U.S. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY
Students from the Viterbi School, attended a WTS (Women's Transportation Seminar) dinner with Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING STUDENT WINS SCHOLARSHIP
Kim Pacheco is also a Viterbi student ambassador and co-captain of the concrete canoe crew.

LIVIN' LARGE, GIVIN' LARGE

Viterbi student Dolce Wang, who won a brand new Chevrolet Aveo gives the cash value to a small school in a Ghana village.

BAMBOO: NEW IDEAS FOR AN OLD BUILDING MATERIAL 
Civil Engineer Yan Xiao is organizing an international conference on emerging bamboo technology.