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November 2013

Congratulations to Professor Susan Montgomery (Mathematics) on being elected Vice-President of the American Mathematical Society!

October 2013

Congratulations to Professor Susan Forsburg (Biological Sciences) being elected a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences!

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Nora Ayanian (Computer Science) on being selected as IEEE’s AI 10 to watch, IEEE Intelligent Systems’ list of 10 young stars in the field of AI. Congratulations, Nora!

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Yan Liu (Computer Science) on receiving a 2013 Okawa Foundation Research Grant (this prize honors top researchers working the fields of information and telecommunications). Congratulations, Yan!

September 2013

Congratulations to the incoming cohort of WiSE Fellows: Jennifer Yee, Sophie Xu, Yunying Tu, Collette Speer, Jennifer Solorzano, Airi Ryu, Abeer Ramzy, Sulekha Ramaya, Janice Park, Demi Nguyen, Moriah Mulroe, Chang Liu, Catherine Ki, Erica Arnold, Tiffany Fan, Erin Mills, Joanna Kruppa, Lindsay Arvin, Yawei Suo, Renee Wang, Levani Sani, Krista McPherson, Das Devika.

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Andrea Armani (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) who was recognized as one of Popular Science’s “Brilliant 10,” a selection of the brightest researchers in the country. Please read the announcement in USC News by clicking here.

Please join WiSE in congratulating Professor Jelena Mirkovic (Computer Science and ISI) on the birth of her third son, Stefan Jevtic, on September 2nd. Congratulations, Jelena!

August 2013

Congratulations to WiSE PhD Students Melissa Williams, Candy Hwang, and Elena Ferri (all chemistry) who were each recently recognized for the quality of their research. Williams was honored by the International Society for Antiviral Research (ISAR) for excellence in scientific poster presentations at the society’s annual international conference (ICAR. Hwang was among 625 young researchers from 78 countries selected from a pool of more than 20,000 applicants worldwide to participate in the 2013 Nobel Laureate Lindau Meeting. At the meeting, Hwang was one of three students selected to participate in a debate series filmed by Nature. Their debate with two Nobel laureates, Gerhard Ertl (Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2007) and Robert Grubbs (Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2005), focused on the future of catalysis in the face of the world’s dwindling supply of rare-earth metals. Ferri received a Best Poster Award at the French American Workshop held in Grenoble, France, in July. Ferri’s research, a French-American collaboration on chromatin remodeling proteins, is supported by Partner University Fund, a Chateaubriand Fellowship, USC Dornsife and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).

Get to know Assistant Professor Veronica Eliasson (Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering) better in this Viterbi faculty profile (video).

Congratulations to Professor Anna Krylov (Chemistry) on the completion of her website listing women working in theoretical/computational chemistry, material science, and biochemistry, Please visit her website by clicking here.

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Yan Liu (Computer Science) on the birth of her daughter, Candice Liu, on August 3. Congratulations, Yan!

Congratulations to Heather Russell, who is currently a non-tenure track assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, on beginning her position as a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Washington College in Chestertown, MD in the Fall.

July 2013

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Malancha Gupta (Chemical Engineering and Materials Sciences) on her appointment as the Jack Munushian Early Career Chair.