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Viterbi Newswire 02/20/2008

THE VITERBI NEWSWIRE – February 20, 2008


AMY RECHENMACHER WINS NSF CAREER AWARD
The assistant professor studying granular behavior and geotechnical applications is the fifth CAREER recipient in the Sonny Astani Dept. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/rechmancher.htm

A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW
Actor Alan Alda shares his communications experience with Viterbi undergrads. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/a-tough-act.htm

GOLOMB NAMED DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR
The Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics in the Ming Hsieh Dept. is also a USC University Professor. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/provost-names-golomb.htm 

GEORGE BEKEY TO RECEIVE USC FACULTY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
 The celebrated robotics, computer science, electrical engineering and biomedical engineering pioneer, who is a USC university professor, will be honored at the 27th annual Academic Honors Convocation on April 7. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/bekey-to-receive.htm

RACETRACK DOCTOR
When the Santa Anita racetrack was mired in mud, Sonny Astani Dept Chair Jean-Pierre Bardet, a soils expert, rode to the rescue. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/racetrack-doctor.htm 

A COLLABORATION WITH KOREAN AIR AND GENERAL ELECTRIC
 Funded by a $5 million grant, USC faculty will work directly with colleagues at Korea Aerospace University in Seoul and Inha University in Incheon. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/viterbi-school-collaborates.htm

WHAT GIVES US FINGERTIP DEXTERITY?
Francisco Valero-Cuevas examines how specialized neural circuits in the brain control precision hand manipulation skills. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/what-gives-us.htm

STRAIGHT TO THE HEART
Constantinos Sioutas uses new technologies to investigate the link between nano-sized air pollution particles and heart disease. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/straight-to-the.htm

MAKING WAVES
New modeling by Costas Synolakis of the Sonny Astani Dept. suggests tsunamis worse than the 2004 Indian Ocean catastrophe. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/making-accurate-predictions.htm

EPSTEIN DEPT. CHAIR JAMES MOORE HONORED TWICE 
He is elected vice president of the Transportation Science and Logistics Society and receives the Pioneer Educator Award from the Orange County Engineering Council. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/epstein-chair-james.htm

HSIEH DEPT. CHIP RESEARCH WINS BEST PAPER PRIZE
 The paper by Prof. Hossein Hashemi’s and grad student Harish Krishnaswamy was presented at last year’s IEEE International Solid State Circuits symposium. 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/news/2008/hsieh-department-chip.htm

IN THE NEWS
ISI Superbots on BBC’s “Intelligence Revolution” 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2hxCMTf2SM

Continuing worldwide coverage for CREATE’s ARMOR software 
http://viterbi.usc.edu/news/inthenews/2007/viterbicreate.htm