Four UCLA professors have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The faculty members are: Burton Clark, professor emeritus of higher education; Steven G. Clarke and Miguel A. Garcia-Garibay, professors of chemistry and biochemistry; and Carl A. Maida, adjunct professor of public health and community dentistry.

The AAAS is an international non-profit organization that seeks to “advance science, engineering and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people.” The UCLA professors have been recognized for their work towards advancing science applications in a variety of fields.


The IEEE, a professional association dedicated to the advancement of technology, has honored two USC faculty members. USC President Steven B. Sample was named the winner of the 2008 IEEE Founders Medal. The Medal recognizes Sample’s contributions in leadership, planning and administration concerning the electrical and electronics engineering profession.

USC Provost C. L. Max Nikias was awarded the 2008 Simon Ramo Medal, which recognizes “significant achievement in systems engineering and systems science or technical leadership in a major innovative engineering project.”

The IEEE Honors Ceremony will be held next year in Quebec City, Canada.


A team of MBA students at the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management placed first in Baylor University’s National Case Competition in Ethical Leadership.

The team – consisting of Alina Topala, Nicholas Merriam, Elizabeth Passaretti and Zachary Pond – studied an ethical business dilemma over three days and then presented their solutions before a panel of judges. The team beat out eight other schools, including University of Florida, Baylor University, Notre Dame and University of Arizona.


Two contests are being held to promote sustainability at Woodbury University. Held by the Sustainable Campus Task Force, the first contest is to write a slogan or create a logo that can be used on all campus sustainability materials. The slogans/logos should be general enough that they can be used to promote various practices (such as recycling and turning off the lights).

The contest is available to all members of the Woodbury community, and entries should be sent as .doc files for the slogan and .jpeg files for the logo to by Feb. 22, 2008. Winners will receive a cash prize of $200, while runners-up will receive $100.

The second contest is to design a poster incorporating the winning slogan and logo. More details will be provided after the winners are announced before the end of the fall semester.