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Viterbi Newswire 4/13/07

THE VITERBI NEWSWIRE - April 13, 2007

VITERBI SCHOOL TIES FOR SEVENTH
In the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of the engineering graduate programs, the Viterbi School rises to seventh in a tie with another Southern California institution, Caltech.
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/grad/rankings/eng/brief/engrank_brief.php

EVA KANSO WINS NSF CAREER AWARD
The assistant professor in the Viterbi School's Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering is studying fluid-structure interactions and aquatic locomotion.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/eva-kanso-wins.htm

SIOUTAS NAMED TO FRED CHAMPION PROFESSORSHIP
The Viterbi School professor of civil and environmental engineering, who studies ultrafine air pollution particles, will be the first holder of the professorship.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/costas-sioutas-named.htm

NARAYANAN NAMED TO ANDREW VITERBI PROFESSORSHIP
The electrical engineer, who also holds appointments in computer science, linguistics and psychology, has a dazzling array of interdisciplinary projects.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/a-rising-star.htm

DEAN ANNOUNCES A NEW CHAIR
Dean Yannis Yortsos announces The Choong Hoon Cho Chair of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/dean-yortsos-announces.htm

TAMING TORRENTS OF DATA
ISI's Yolanda Gil leads a $13.8 million project to use artificial intelligence and grid computing to help scientists get control of an overabundance of data.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/13-8m-e.htm

INAUGURAL BEKEY LECTURER PRAISES VITERBI SCHOOL
The University of Washington's Ed Lazowska famous for his indefatigable efforts to advance computer science delivers the first lecture USC's legendary roboticist.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/inaugural-bekey-lecturer.htm

SAMI MASRI RECEIVES 2007 NEWMARK MEDAL
The medal is awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers'
Structural Engineering Division for contributions in structural mechanics.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/american-society-of.htm

POPULAR SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS USC BIOMEDICAL ENGINEER
An eight-page story examines Ted Berger's project to build a brain chip. Also featured are Vijay Srinivasan, John Granacki, and Jeff LaCoss.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/tools/download/?asset=/assets/038/53259.pdf&name=The%20Memory%20Hacker.pdf

MODULAR ROBOTS
The New York Times talks to Peter Will and Wei Minh Shen about their "SuperBot" robots.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/tools/download/?asset=/assets/038/53288.pdf&name=NYTimessuperbot.pdf

TEACHING THE VITERBI ALGORITHM
Caltech's Robert McEliece entertains students, faculty and alumni with his insights on teaching the Viterbi Algorithm in the fifth annual Viterbi Lecture.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/teaching-the-viterbi.htm

LUCE SCHOLARSHIP FOR ASTRONAUTICS SENIOR
Miles Killingsworth hopes to work on issues of global warming and alternative energy resources in China.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/viterbi-school-astronautics.htm

MEL BREUER HONORED IN SPECIAL IEEE FORUM
The half-day event celebrated the work and influence of the Hsieh Department electrical engineer/computer scientist and chip testing guru.
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/special-ieee-conference.htm