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Viterbi Newswire 5/14/07

THE VITERBI NEWSWIRE – May 14, 2007

 

2007 STAFF & FACULTY AWARDS
Dean recognizes the faculty and staff achievements and calls for “culture of excellence” at the Viterbi School.

HOMELAND SECURITY CENTER RECEIVES $11 MILLION 
CREATE, the Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, is renewed to continue its evaluation of the economic consequences of terrorism.

SAWCHUK NAMED TO SILVERMAN CHAIR

Dean Yortsos names Sandy Sawchuk, systems chair of the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering as the first holder of the Leonard Silverman Chair.

TWO VITERBI FACULTY PROMOTED
The dean announces that Elaine Chew and Tzung “John” Hsiai have both been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor.

DAILY TROJAN GIVES VITERBI SCHOOL AN A
“Any school whose students and faculty figured out how we can all use our cell phones at once—but who also auction themselves off for dates…is golden in our book.”

MAKING CHIPS WITH A SNAP!
Electrical engineer Eun Sok Kim has a new prize-winning technique to make DNA microarrays, or gene chips.

INAUGURAL LAUFER LECTURE GETS TURBULENT
In the first Janos Laufer Lecture, Caltech’s Anatol Roshko, a lifelong friend, reviews the long struggle to understand the fluid mechanics of turbulence.

PETROLEUM ENGINEERING STUDENTS RECOGNIZED 
The Society of Petroleum Engineers has named the Viterbi School’s student chapter as Chapter of the Month for May.

MEDICUS – A GRID IDEA WINS AN AWARD
The Viterbi School’s grid computing medical image sharing system is a 2007 winner of an Internet2 Driving Exemplary Applications (IDEA) award.

FIRE UP ABOVE
The Viterbi School’s Zero G team takes their fireball experiment up for a weightless ride on NASA’s Vomit Comet.

SPRING BREAK IN HONDURAS
See a slide show about the Viterbi School’s Engineers Without Borders Spring Break trip to La Estanzuela, Honduras, to design a new water distribution system.

ISI RESEARCH IN WIRELESS WAVE
According to Senior Associate Dean Herb Schorr wireless isn’t just talking or texting, but connecting “committees of machines.”

SUPERBOTS SHOW OFF ON FOX NEWS
KTTV Channel 11 visits Wei-Min Shen’s lab at the Viterbi School’s Information Sciences Institute to see the modular robots.

VITERBI STUDENT ON JEOPARDY!
Sarah Nothnagel represents all of USC in the Jeopardy! College Championship taped at the Galen Center.

SCIENCE AND SOCIETY
ISI’s Carole Beal discusses her K-12 tutoring software on Internet radio. Can schools get the same benefits from artificial intelligence that the military and industrial have seen?

A VITERBI PERSEPCTIVE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
 Associate Dean Margery Berti pens an article, “Current Trends in Engineering: A Dean’s Perspective” to help international students who want to study engineering.