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Six Albert S. Raubenheimer Awards and five Staff Achievement Awards are presented at a celebratory luncheon March 3. [7 min read]

Eleven faculty and staff from USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences were recognized for their outstanding service to the College at a March 3 luncheon hosted by USC Dornsife Dean Amber D. Miller.

The event, which took place at the USC Amy King Dundon-Berchtold University Club at King Stoops Hall on the University Park campus, was the first in-person gathering for the awards since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020.

Six faculty members have received the Albert S. Raubenheimer Awards in recognition of outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service within the university.

“The Raubenheimer Awards are among the highest honors a Dornsife faculty member can receive, and nominations are always highly competitive,” Miller said. “They are also among my favorite awards to present, as they reflect the appreciation of colleagues for the recipient’s excellence in our entire mission – research, teaching and service.”

Five staff members who have demonstrated outstanding service to USC Dornsife have received Staff Excellence Awards.

“We often hear about Dornsife’s top academics and talented students who come here,” said Renee Perez, associate dean, administration and finance, who presented the staff awards. “But our academic environment exists in large part because of the commitment and creativity that our staff bring every day.”


Raubenheimer Prize – Graduate Faculty

Stephen BradfordProfessor of Chemistry and Senior Advisor to the Dean for Research Strategy and Development

Bradforth’s nomination noted how his research has led to many advances, including ways to optimize energy conversion in solar cells and improved radiation treatments using nanoparticle therapies to kill cancer cells. They praised Bradforth’s leadership in improving teaching and laboratory experiences at research universities and in transforming the way chemistry and natural sciences are taught to all students, including those from communities. underserved.

Suzanne Hudsonassociate professor of art history

In nominating Hudson, her colleagues hailed her as an eminent scholar and critic of modern and contemporary painting who has produced five scholarly books, co-edited a volume of critical essays, and produced 50 book and essay publications. for large galleries and museums.

They highlighted his success in connecting with museum curators and gallery directors and taking students on behind-the-scenes tours of institutions to understand what it means to work in the field of art history. His contributions include service on the department’s merit and search committees, the USC Provost’s Committee to find a Dean for the USC Roski School of Art and Design, and the search for a Director of the USC Pacific- Asian Museum.

Rhacel Salazar Parrenasprofessor of sociology and gender studies

Parreñas has been hailed as a prolific researcher and writer, with six books currently in print and one under contract with a publisher. Her acclaimed Illicit Flirting: Labor, Migration, and Sex Trafficking in Tokyo (Stanford University Press, 2011) won the Distinguished Book Award from the Labor and Labor Movements Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA). The ASA also awarded him one of its highest honors in 2019, the Jessie Bernard Award.

Parreñas has served on and chaired numerous doctoral dissertation committees, and she frequently advises graduate students on how best to shape their applications for research funding from prestigious granting institutions.


Raubenheimer Prize – Junior Faculty

Christopher Beamlecturer in psychology and gerontology

Through his research, Beam explores how social experiences in early human life contribute to the age-related development of cognitive functioning, personality, and the onset of psychopathology. He has published 36 peer-reviewed articles and four book chapters.

His funding includes an Alzheimer’s Association Research Foundation Fellowship and an R01 from the National Institutes of Health National Institute on Aging. He received a 2020 “Rising Star” award from the Association for Psychological Science.

Beam mentors eight doctoral candidates and he has served on several departmental committees, including the executive, director, and merit review committees.

Jacob Nebelassistant professor of philosophy

Nebel, who joined the faculty at USC Dornsife in 2019, is the author of 14 published or forthcoming articles, including five in Ethics, the top-ranked journal in moral philosophy. He has given 12 presentations at major venues including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, London School of Economics, Oxford, Zurich and Stockholm, and at major professional society meetings.

Nebel helped design a new course called “Ethics, Technology, and Values,” which he began co-teaching this semester, and he sits on numerous departmental committees, serves as editor and referee for major reviews and performs important work relevant to the USC Dornsife Academy in the Public Square initiative.

Stephanie Chihassistant professor of linguistics

She brings cognitive science and machine learning methods to the analysis of how meaning, sound and grammatical form interact in speaking and listening acts. His research has been published in the best journals in his field.

She has contributed significantly to student programs in the linguistics department, designing courses tailored to students’ areas of interest. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced classes online, she sent lab kits to each student’s home to keep them engaged.

Shi’s service activities include faculty search committees and co-advising the organizing committee for the 2018 Southern California Phonology Meeting.


Staff Excellence Award

michelle bostonAssociate Director of Digital Content and Senior Writer

Since joining the USC Dornsife Office of Communication more than 11 years ago, Boston’s contributions have ranged from writing news and features to managing the website, to handling media inquiries. and outreach, along with a myriad of other responsibilities.

Over the past several years, Michelle has led the dramatic expansion of USC Dornsife’s social media presence, driving exceptional growth across all channels.

Last year, Boston played a lead role in the website redesign and update project, working to prepare the current, outdated website for migration to a new platform. She recently joined the new creative content team, where she will guide the digital content strategy for the College website.

Elizabeth Loganassociate director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West

Logan helped develop the faculty-led initiative grant proposal that launched The West on Fire project at the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West. She led work on a complex grant proposal that raised $300,000 from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and was instrumental in advancing the work of the Chinatown History Project Team, a group of about two dozen researchers, curators and community leaders.

In nominating Logan, her colleagues said she had “inimitable abilities to focus, all at the same time, on guiding our day-to-day while helping us envision longer-term ‘blue sky’ opportunities. and bold ideas to impact our audiences and partners.

Randy Phelpsfacilities coordinator at USC Wrigley Marine Science Center

Phelps served as facilities coordinator at the Wrigley Marine Science Center on Santa Catalina Island for 25 years. His job requires him to be frequently exposed to the elements and on call to deal with problems that arise in the middle of the night.

Phelps is often tasked with projects that were previously not part of his job responsibilities, duties which have often proven essential to the continued operations of the center and which sometimes require Phelps to enroll in self-directed training.

He shared his newfound knowledge with other staff and students, leading discussions on the wastewater treatment plant’s operations, chemistry and water treatment standards.

Guillermo Ruizoffice manager for the linguistics department

Ruiz stepped in to perform all staff duties in the linguistics department following the sudden and unexpected departure of another staff member. Her additional responsibilities included job search logistics for two Assistant Professor positions, including coordinating travel and introductions for eight job candidates, while managing her regular duties and those of the Program Specialist.

Its appointees said Ruiz “did it with great courage and with a wonderfully positive spirit, never complaining or refusing requests from the faculty to perform additional duties”, allowing the department to meet challenges with poise.

Corey Schultzeducational laboratory manager

A member of the Department of Chemistry for more than 23 years, Schultz manages laboratory infrastructure and logistics serving more than 30 different groups that focus on a wide range of work, from ultrafast spectroscopy to synthetic organic chemistry and biology. molecular.

Schultz contributed significantly to the renovation of many chemistry labs, including a three-year, $10 million project replacing the infrastructure of all laboratory courses in the department. He also developed a safety policy and helped manage the deceleration and restart of laboratory research during the pandemic.


Over lunch, three outgoing faculty members were also recognized for their years of service to USC Dornsife: Lawrence Green, professor of English; Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, professor of sociology Florence Everline; Chien-Ping Ko, Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences.

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