Four USC Professors Selected as Fellows of Renowned Scientific Society AAAS

Four USC professors have been selected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a top honor bestowed to leading scientists for research excellence and service to education.

The new USC fellows are: Stephen Bradforth, professor of chemistry at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences; Luis Chiappe, adjunct professor at the USC Dornsife College; Ewa Deelman, research professor at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering; and, Janet Oldak, professor of dentistry at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.

Each year, the Washington, D.C.-based AAAS leadership council elects members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.” The program was started in 1874 by AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

The four faculty members represent the diversity of the research enterprise at USC. They are experts in dental repair, molecular chemistry, dinosaur evolution and computer science. They share this honor with 36 other USC faculty members who were previously elected to AAASClick here to read more on this announcement.

Gigi Ragusa recipient of the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

Professor Gisele “Gigi” Ragusa was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The award, announced yesterday by the White House Office of Science and Technology, is “the nation’s highest honors for mentors who work with underrepresented groups to develop fully the nation’s human resources in STEM.” Gigi is one of only 15 recipients of this award, nationwide.

Gigi joined USC Viterbi in 2008, as a jointly appointed faculty with the Rossier School of Education, and as Professor of Engineering Education Practice at USC Viterbi in 2012. She received all four of her academic degrees from USC(with a B.A. in both business and biology, and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Psychology from USC Rossier).She joined the faculty of USC Rossier in 2002. Prior to joining us, she was on the faculty of Pacific Oaks College and the California State University, Northridge. In addition to the PAESMEM Award, Professor Ragusa has received the2010 USC Viterbi School of Engineering Dean’s Special Service Award, the 2016 HENAAC’s Vanguard Award and the ASEE PSW Outstanding Teaching Award. In addition, Professor Ragusa served on a number of research centers as Director of Education.

Gigi’s research areas are in engineering education, Pre-K-12 STEM education, college access, and educational measurement. She has focused on how poverty, generational status, gender, student-to-student and student-to-faculty mentorship, and STEM literacy affect student achievement and pathways to STEM education and careers. Her most recent areas of research include engineering creativity and innovation. Click here to read more on this announcement.


$50 Million Provost Initiative on Fostering Our Diverse Community

In his November 1, 2018 memo, Provost Quick outlined important new steps in USC’s ongoing efforts to foster diversity in our academic community. The first of these new initiatives is an ambitious joint program in which the Office of the Provost, working with the schools, will allocate a total of $50 million in new funds to match funding that schools employ towards the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Training to Foster Diversity in Faculty Hiring