USC Leonard Davis faculty honored for mentoring and scholarship

Kelvin Davies named Distinguished Professor; Sean Curran and Jennifer Ailshire recognized as extraordinary mentors.

The University of Southern California recently recognized three USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology faculty members for their work as mentors and scholars.

Associate Professor Sean Curran, associate dean of research at the Leonard Davis School, was presented with the Provost’s Mentoring Award during the 2019 USC Academic Honors Convocation on April 9. The award recognizes exemplary investment in and generosity toward the academic and professional success of other USC faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, or undergraduate students.

“It is a well-deserved honor for Dr. Curran, who has been conducting important research on aging,” Provost Michael Quick wrote in a blog post following the convocation. “Each of Dr. Curran’s PhD’s have gone on to postdoctoral work, and every individual who has completed training within his postdoctoral research group has subsequently secured an independent research appointment.”

Provost Quick (back left) with 2019 USC Mentoring Award recipients, including Assistant Professor Jennifer Ailshire (back, 4th from left). Photo by Yuan Zhang.

Jennifer Ailshire, assistant professor of gerontology and sociology, received a USC Mentoring Award for her work mentoring graduate students. Provost Quick announced the honor on March 25, congratulating Ailshire and 17 additional USC faculty members for their service to undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and fellow faculty.

“They put into action USC’s value of investing our wisdom, support, and guidance in others so they may take us further than we ourselves can go. Mentoring leads to impact to strengthen USC’s legacy and our future. We owe these faculty a debt of gratitude for this important work.”

USC Interim President Wanda Austin and Distinguished Professor Kelvin Davies (photo by Steve Cohn).

USC Leonard Davis Professor and Executive Vice Dean Kelvin Davies was named a USC Distinguished Professor, an honor awarded very selectively to those whose accomplishments have brought special renown to USC. Davies is internationally known as a pioneer in free radical biology research. The award was also presented at the Academic Honors Convocation.

“This distinction is in recognition of Professor Davies’ major research contributions in several fields and numerous scientific discoveries, which have made fundamental changes to the understanding of redox biology and aging,” said Provost Quick.

Top: Provost Michael Quick and Associate Professor Sean Curran (photo by Steve Cohn).