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Recent WiSE News: 2007-2008

Member of  the USC WiSE community regularly make headlines for their research and achievements. Please visit the links below for recent news about the WiSE Program and WiSE-affiliated faculty, students and postdoctoral scholars.

July 2008

New Faculty Joining the Viterbi School of Engineering include 3 new WiSE FacultyAndrea Armani, Burcin Becerik, and Michelle Povinelli arrive at USC in Fall 2008.

 

May 2008

Professor of Computer Science, Maja Mataric, is the the director of the Viterbi School’s Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems and Senior Associate Dean for Research.She recently appeared on Paul Peterson’s Channel 35 weekly discussion show to explain her vision of mechanical creatures who can help the elderly.

 

April 2008

WiSE Program Thanks Carolyn Webb de Macias

Urbashi Mitra and Lorraine Turcotte Honored with 2008 USC-Mellon Awards for Excellence in Mentoring

2007-08 WiSE Research Fellows Present their Work at the Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work

 

March 2008

USC Ph.D. student Lisa Alpert (Earth Sciences) and her family were featured in the US News and World Report 2009 Edition “America’s Best Graduate Schools” as a recipient of a WiSE Child Care Subsidy.

WiSE Faculty Yolanda Gil and Jean Morrison honored as 2008 “Remarkable Women”

 

February 2008

USC Awarded $3.9M for Undersea Lab led by Katrina Edwards

With a $3.9 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, USC College researcher Katrina Edwards will lead a first-of-its-kind drilling expedition to study subseafloor life.

 

January 2008

Professor Amy Rechenmacher Wins NSF Early Career Award

Amy Rechenmacher, an assistant professor in the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has won a highly competitive National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for her work in granular behavior and geotechnical engineering applications.

 

November 2007

USC ranks 9th in percentage of BS BME degrees awarded to women

Surpassing the national average, 50% of the USC Biomedical Engineering Bachelors degrees were awarded to women. This information was reported in the October 2007 issue of the ASEE Prism magazine.

Six from USC Attend Women in Computing Conference

CS Department, WiSE, and Viterbi join forces to send students to annual gathering.

 

October 2007

Two Women Faculty to Join Viterbi in 2008

Two women faculty specializing in photonics and health care systems engineering will become assistant professors in the Viterbi School of Engineering in 2008: Michelle Lynn Povinelli of Stanford University and Shinyi Wu of The RAND Corp.

Maja Mataric Among 5 USC Faculty Named as Fellows of the AAAS

Mataric, professor of computer science and neuroscience, was honored “for research in robotics, service to K-12 education, and as president of the Academic Senate and senior associate dean for research (in the USC Viterbi School).”

WiSE Faculty featured in the Fall 2007 issue of the USC Viterbi Engineer Magazine

Yolanda Gil: Taming Torrents of Data

Eva Kanso: Uncanny Swimmers

Ellis Meng: Out of Sight Implants for the Eye

Q&A With Maja Mataric

 

September 2007

Two Promising Young Faculty Named to Viterbi School Early Career Chairs

Ellis Meng, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has been named to an early career chair for her exceptional research contributions.

ISI’s Pegasus Grid Workflow System Sprouts $1.7 Million NSF Wings

The U.S. Office of CyberInfrastructure recently gave a 3-year grant to Ewa Deelman’s project, which, says Deelman, “automatically chains dependent tasks together, so that a single scientist can complete complex computations that once required many different people.”

 

August 2007

Incoming Epstein Faculty Member Wins RAND honor

Shinyi Wu, a RAND Corporation engineer who joins the Viterbi School’s Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering faculty in January, 2008, was recently honored by RAND for “outstanding contributions to furthering RAND’s mission of improving policy and decision making through research and analysis.”