USC Hosts Former British Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron visits with USC President C. L. Max Nikias on Feb. 2. (USC Photo/Steve Cohn)

The benefits of globalization and the values that bind the U.K. and the U.S. took center stage as David Cameron, former prime minister of the U.K., visited USC on Thursday.

Cameron addressed more than 1,000 at Bovard Auditorium as part of USC President C. L. Max Nikias’ Distinguished Lecture series.

“He pushed through welfare reform, reduced the number of people living in poverty, and helped create more than 1.5 million new jobs,” Nikias said. “He introduced a national living wage, won passage of gay rights legislation, and won a national referendum to keep Scotland part of the United Kingdom.

“What Mr. Cameron achieved between 2010 and 2016 was nothing short of astonishing,” Nikias added. “He did it with enchanting grace, scholarly charm and a courageous heart.”

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USC Builds Connections with Cuba

USC Provost Michael Quick, Anthony Bailey and Angela McCracken were hosted in Cuba by officials Dr. Aurora Fernandez Gonzalez, Vice Minister for Higher Education, (center) and Iliana Martínez González, International Collaboration Specialist at the Ministry of Higher Education (far right).

The opportunity for increased academic and research engagement with Cuba inspired a recent visit to Havana, where USC administrators met with leading higher education institutions and the Cuban Ministry of Higher Education.

Led by USC Provost Michael Quick, the USC visit was hosted in December by Vice Minister for Higher Education Dr. Aurora Fernandez Gonzalez. Conversations spanned student research and engagement opportunities to new possibilities for collaboration in basic and social sciences, the arts and medicine.

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Keck Medicine of USC signs new pact with Mexico City’s Ministry of Health

Anthony Bailey, vice president for strategic and global initiatives, Thomas Jackiewicz, chief executive officer, Keck Medicine of USC; Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera, Mexico City; JoséŽ Armando Ahued, secretary of health, from left (Photo/Ricardo Carrasco III)

A new agreement between the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the Ministry of Health in Mexico City will facilitate research and academic exchanges.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera and José Armando Ahued, secretary of health, attended the signing ceremony with Thomas Jackiewicz, senior vice president and CEO for Keck Medicine of USC, and Rod Hanners, chief operating office for Keck Medicine of USC and CEO for Keck Medical Center of USC.

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USC Thornton Pioneers International Partnerships and Exchanges, a Rarity for Music Programs in the U.S.

USC Thornton School of Music students will have new opportunities to study abroad at partner institutions. (Photo/Chris Shinn)

For many students, studying abroad is one of the must-have experiences of college.

“When you take in the world from an unfamiliar angle, you gain a new vantage point,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias told incoming freshmen in August.

In the spirit of global exchange, several new initiatives are currently in development at the USC Thornton School of Music to make studying abroad easier than ever for young musicians — from partnerships to exchanges and more.

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USC Deepens Bonds With Mexico Through Visiting Artist and Scholar Residency Program

Anthony Bailey and Carlos Garcia de Alba, left, sign in a new partnership for visiting artists from Mexico. (Photo/Courtesy of the Consulate of Mexico)

USC will host visiting artists and scholars from Mexico for one week or longer every year, with the first expected next year, under an agreement signed Thursday, November 17.

Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles Carlos Garcia de Alba and USC Vice President for Strategic and Global Initiatives Anthony Bailey signed the pact for the university to partner with the government of Mexico’s Cátedra México initiative.

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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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