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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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USC School of Pharmacy Receives Gift Supporting International Outreach and Education


Eunjoo Pacifici, D.K. Kim, Frances Richmond and USC School of Pharmacy Interim Dean Glen Stimmel, from left (Photo/Melany Duval)

A $200,000 gift to the International Center for Regulatory Science by philanthropist D.K. Kim will expand global outreach efforts by the USC School of Pharmacy, establishing international service and summer scholars program funds. The gift will create the D.K. Kim International Service Fund to support clinical service programs that will train pharmacy students to become primary health care providers to patients in underserved areas of developing countries, providing much-needed medical services to individuals who may not otherwise receive proper care. To read the full article click here.

New International Master’s Degree Prepares Entrepreneurs, Leaders for Global Public Policy Challenges


The international master’s degree in Global Public Policy, offered by the USC Price School is the first of its kind.

Meeting global policy challenges requires new levels of coordination and cooperation on an international scale. An inventive new degree program offered by the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and the University of Hong Kong addresses the global demand for training and education to shape future leaders capable of identifying key resources, creating solutions to complex problems, and managing unprecedented change. To read the full article click here.

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