The Segregated Scholars: Black Social Scientists and the Creation of Black Labor Studies, 1890-1950, a book by USC College associate professor Francille Rusan Wilson, has been awarded this year’s Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize as the best book on African-American women’s history by the Association of Black Women Historians.

Wilson is an intellectual and labor historian whose research examines the intersections between black labor movements, black social scientists and black women’s history in the Jim Crow era. Her next book focuses on lawyer and economist Sadie T.M. Alexander and the impacts of racism and sexism on working black women in the early 20th century.

You’ve Got Mail

The new e-mail storage quota for all USC staff members has been raised to 1 gigabyte on, according to Ilee Rhimes, chief information officer and vice provost for Information Technology Services.

The increase in storage capacity is expected to better meet the staff’s professional needs, Rhimes noted.

The new e-mail quota applies to faculty and staff only, he added.

Students will have the option, in the spring semester, to move their e-mail to USC-branded Google accounts, where the storage quota will be 2 gigabytes, according to a previous announcement by Steven Barnhart, director of Student Information Systems and president of the USC Staff Assembly.

Taking His Chair

Michael Messner, professor of sociology and gender studies, has been elected chair of the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association.

Science Fare

Biologist Steven Finkel been invited to join the Editorial Board of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, published by ASM Press.

Across Campus

Masterful Scholars

The first batch of USC Viterbi School of Engineering Master’s Scholars have been awarded grants as part of a new program honoring exceptional graduate students.

The program is a set of merit-based scholarships. All full-time on-campus engineering master’s candidates who are U.S. citizens are eligible, but the program also is aimed at encouraging diversity.

The basic grant remits tuition for six graduate units three units in each of two successive semesters. Fifteen graduate students from across the USC Viterbi departments received the awards.

“These are exceptional candidates, and we are delighted to be able to help them achieve their career goals,” said Kelly Goulis, USC Viterbi School associate dean for master’s and professional programs.

In addition to tuition remission, three outstanding master’s scholars also will receive cash awards.

Included are two recipients of $3,000 computer science master’s scholarships: Darren Earl (University of Georgia) and Yuan Wang (University of Minnesota); and one recipient of a $1,000 Hammond scholarship: Jolene Mu oz (University of Oklahoma), majoring in environmental engineering.

Application deadlines for 2008 Masters Scholarships are April 1, 2008.


Mental Health

Ann Marie Yamada, assistant professor at the USC School of Social Work, has received a $733,500 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to pilot-test a new intervention that gives mental health providers in psychosocial rehabilitation services a more effective way to assess sociocultural issues.

The development and testing of the intervention will be conducted in collaboration with a large mental health rehabilitation agency in Los Angeles that primarily serves an urban, ethnically diverse population of individuals with severe mental illness.

The study aims to generate practical information that can be used to support the development of culturally tailored interventions that could reduce disparities in mental health service use among vulnerable and underserved clients.