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USC, Peking University Partnership to Fill a Void in China

Signing Ceremony on October 17, 2016. From left: Anthony Bailey, USC Vice President for Strategic and Global Initiatives; Michael Quick, USC Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Qimin Zhan, President of Peking University Health Science Center.

On Monday, October 17, USC and Peking University, China’s premier college, formalized their partnership to develop one of China’s first graduate programs in occupational therapy, a rehabilitation field with growing demand because of a massive, aging Chinese population.

The alliance between the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and the Peking University Health Science Center is the result of USC’s China Initiative, which began in 2014 as part of a $20 million naming gift from USC Trustee Ronnie C. Chan and his wife, Barbara.

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USC Marshall and U.S. Dept. of Commerce Partner to Modernize Global Supply Chain

Signing Ceremony on October 14, 2016. Attendees pictured include Penny Pritzker, U.S. Commerce Secretary; James G. Ellis, Dean of USC Marshall; and Nick Vyas, Executive Director of USC Marshall’s Center for Global Supply Chain Management.

A strategic partnership with the USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management aimed at improving the global competitiveness of the nation’s supply chains was signed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker on October 14 at the University Park campus.

“Through this new partnership, we hope to encourage ports around the country to increase efficiency by adopting new technologies that will provide more information on the flow of goods to port users and stakeholders,” said Secretary Pritzker. “The ability to move cargo quickly through our ports is critical to national and regional trade, economic growth, and our nation’s overall competitiveness.”

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USC Professor’s School Safety Model Gains Traction in South America

Students in public elementary schools in Valparaíso, Chile, are benefiting from a school monitoring and safety program developed by researchers at USC and Bar-Ilan University.

An innovative approach to promoting safety and preventing violence in schools is being embraced in Valparaíso, Chile.

Education officials in the South American country are joining a growing list of regions around the world that have embraced a school mapping and monitoring system developed by researchers at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

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USC Awarded $3 Million NIH Grant for Air Pollution Health Research in Eastern Africa

Eastern Africa GEOHealth Hub researchers. From left: Lynn Atuyambe, Makerere Univ. (Uganda); Augustine Afullo, Univ. of Kabianga (Kenya); Etienne Rugigana, Univ. of Rwanda; Abera Kumie Takele, Addis Ababa Univ. (Ethiopia); and Steve Howland, USC Children’s Health Study.

Lead investigators from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda are collaborating with USC and Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa University to establish the Eastern Africa Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) Hub — one of only seven in the world. Housed in Ethiopia, it is a research and training collaboration funded by a paired, five-year $3 million NIH-Fogarty grant awarded last year.

Data proving the adverse health effects of smog-choked urban centers and indoor cook stoves, for example, are vital to prove the urgency — and necessity — of government action, according to USC principal investigators Kiros Berhane, PhD, professor of preventive medicine and director of graduate programs in biostatistics and epidemiology, and Jonathan Samet, MD, director of the USC Institute for Global Health and distinguished professor and Flora L. Thornton chair of the preventive medicine department.

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Mexican Delegation Visits USC to Discuss Cooperative Programs

C. L. Max Nikias speaks with Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas, right, during a visit from a delegation of senior Mexican officials July 7. (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Anthony Bailey, vice president for strategic and global initiatives, hosted a senior delegation of officials from Mexico on campus yesterday to discuss USC’s growing relationship with the country. Led by Mexico’s secretary of foreign affairs, Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas, the group also included Paulo Carreño King, undersecretary for North America and Carlos García de Alba, consul general of Mexico in Los Angeles.

“We have made a concerted effort to create closer bonds with Mexican institutions and I am thrilled that these efforts are now bearing fruit,” Nikias said. “Whether hosting brilliant Mexican postdoctoral researchers at USC or conducting joint research with leading Mexican universities, there’s little doubt that these kinds of partnerships create broad-reaching benefits. I was tremendously pleased to hear Secretary Ruiz Massieu express her support for our efforts as well as her hope that USC can deepen these ties in the years to come.”

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