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Dodgers legend Fernando Valenzuela receives award at USC

Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles Carlos Garcia de Alba, USC Vice President Anthony Bailey, LA Dodgers legend Fernando Valenzuela, Governor of Sonora Claudi Pavlovich Arrellano, Director of US-Mexico Network at USC Pamela Starr, Minister of Education for the State of Sonora Ernesto de Lucas Hopkins.

As part of the university’s participation in the “Year of Mexico in Los Angeles”, USC hosted legendary Dodger’s pitcher Fernando Valenzuela as he received a citation and award from his home state of Sonora, Mexico. A superstar in both Los Angeles and his home country, Valenzuela is one of the best left-handed pitchers and hitters in Major League history, and is currently a Spanish-language broadcaster for the Dodgers.

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Hollywood Foreign Press Association endows fund for international students at USC School of Cinematic Arts

The cohort at the USC School of Cinematic Arts will begin this fall. (Photo/Ed Carreon)

A $2 million endowment from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will help foreign students study this fall at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

The gift represents the largest donation dedicated to assisting international students with financial needs and is a step in the school’s mission to promote a more diverse and globally inclusive environment. Students who receive the funds will be known as HFPA International Scholars.

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USC Researchers Help Develop Solutions to Cuba’s Aging Problem

Maria Aranda (center left) and William Vega (center right) traveled to Cuba recently to share their expertise on health and well-being among aging Latino populations.

A plummeting birthrate and scarcity of resources have left Cuba facing a demographic dilemma.

Within a few decades, experts predict that more than 40 percent of the Cuban population will be older than 60, according to a New York Times story, which noted that young couples are increasingly reluctant to have children given the average monthly salary of $20. The resultant strain on Cuba’s health care system, not to mention the growing burden on families and communities, is daunting.

But thanks to a slight thawing of the icy relationship between the United States and Cuba under the Obama administration, researchers from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work might be able to share some solutions.

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USC, Mexico Make Strides in Public Health Research

Jonathan Samet accepts an honorary degree awarded by Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health. (Photo/Heather Wipfli)

For more than 20 years, Jonathan Samet has developed strategies to prevent smoking in Mexico, with help from scientists and leaders at the country’s National Institute of Public Health (INSP).

The USC Distinguished Professor teams with several of Mexico’s 12 institutes of health, which aim to improve public health through research, policy and care. The INSP’s research centers and school of public health examine tobacco, obesity and other contributors to non-communicable disease.

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USC and Taiwan Ministry of Education Create Fellowships to Train Top Scientists from Taiwan

C.J. Liu, education counselor with the Taiwan Ministry of Education, bottom left, and C. L. Max Nikias sign a memorandum of understanding for a program that will bring top Taiwanese scientists to USC. USC Trustee John Mork, top left, and Taiwan Political Deputy Minister Tsai Ching-Hwa attended the ceremony. (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)

USC and the Taiwan Ministry of Education signed a memorandum of understanding for the university to host and train top Taiwanese academics as postdoctoral fellows on its Los Angeles campuses.

At the signing ceremony in Taipei on February 20th, representatives from the Taiwan Ministry of Education and USC formalized the creation of a new joint program that will accept recent PhD grantees from Taiwan for postdoctoral fellowships that may last as long as two years. The academic fellows will specialize in sustainable energy, defense and other technology, as well as engineering, biomedicine and the biological sciences.

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