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Viterbi Newswire 01/18/2008

THE VITERBI NEWSWIRE – JANUARY 18, 2008


PETER STAUDHAMMER, 1934-2008
The former director and chief operating officer of the USC Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering and BOC member, was 73. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/peter-staudhammer-1934.htm

GEORGE CHILINGAR HONORED
The Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Salute 55 years of USC excellence. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/mork-astani-departments.htm

ENGINEERING LEGEND SI RAMO ACCEPS FACULTY APPOINTMENT 
Simon Ramo, the “R” in TRW and a founding member of the National Academy of Engineering, has accepted to an offer to join the faculty of the Viterbi School’s Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/engineering-legend-si.htm

TED BERGER CHAIRS PANEL ON BRAIN COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Systems that directly connect silicon circuits with brains are under intensive development all over the world, and are nearing commercial application in many areas, according to a study by a group led by the Viterbi biomedical engineer. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/viterbi-investigator-chairs.htm

CHEVRON SPONSORS ENERGY FELLOWSHIPS
Chevron Vice President Warner Williams presented a check for $200,000 to Dean Yannis C. Yortsos of the Viterbi School of Engineering, establishing the 2008 Chevron-USC Scholarship and Fellowship Partnership Program. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/chevron-to-sponsor.htm 

IEEE HONORS VITERBI AUDIO MAESTRO
Tomlinson Holman of the Hsieh Department whose THX system revolutionized sound in movie theaters, has again been recognized for his contributions to audio recording and reproduction. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/ieee-honors-viterbi.htm 

QUANTUM SPECIALIST DANIEL LIDAR ELECTED APS FELLOW 
Citation notes his "contributions to the theory of decoherence control of open quantum systems for quantum information processing, especially the decoherence free subspace method." 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/quantum-specialist-daniel.htm

GEORGE BEKEY DELIVERS COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS AT CAL POLY 
The National Academy of Engineering member says that knowledge alone will not bring happiness, satisfaction or meaningful lives. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/george-bekey-delivers.htm

VITERBI GAME DAY ATTRACTS INDUSTRY LEADERS
 The growing sophistication of games development builds USC stature as a national center for the interactive arts. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/fall-semester-game.htm

UNDERGRADS DEMO ‘BOTS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLERS AND TV 
The finale of CS 445 (Introduction to Robotics) is a simulated search and rescue competition with robots made from Legos. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/student-roboteers-show.htm  

vTHINK YOU’LL LIKE THIS
Check out the Viterbi School’s community of student blogs called vTHINK. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/students/vsa/vthink/

A BETTER WAY TO RUN SAFETY NET HOSPITALS 
A New Viterbi School study shows improvements in patient flow at large safety net hospitals, based on the principles of industrial and systems engineering. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/a-better-way.htm

USC HOSTS FIRST CONFERENCE ON QUANTUM ERROR CORRECTION
 More than 120 assembled at USC for the first-ever conference on quantum error correction. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/usc-hosts-world.htm

VITERBI ENGINEER DESIGNS WORLD’S FIRST BAMBOO TRUCK BRIDGE 
The bridge, created by Yan Xiao of the Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering opened for traffic in December 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2007/astani-department-engineer.htm

IN THE NEWS – MTA’S LATEST ‘TRAIN WRECK’
In a Los Angeles Times oped article, transportation expert and Daniel J. Epstein Department Chair James E. Moore, II, and transit consultant Tom Rubin ask if bus rate hikes are appropriate to fund the city's newest Metro rail projects. 
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-op-moore13jan13,1,39379.story

TV’S CYBERGUY VISITS THE VITERBI ROBOTICS RESEARCH LAB
Computer scientist and senior associate dean Maja Mataric's work on robots of all kinds was the subject of an extended segment on KTLA-TV. 
http://ktla.trb.com/news/local/cyberguy/stv-cyberguy-121407,0,94409.htmlstory?coll=ktla-cyberguy-1