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Tang Goldman Reception

SPPD Professors Goldman, Tang Feted at Reception

From SPPD Staff Reports

Yan Tang From left: Vice Provost Randy Hall, Chet Newland, Shui Yan Tang, Jack Knott

USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development professors Dana Goldman and Shui Yan Tang were honored during a recent reception at the USC University Club.

Nearly a hundred friends and faculty from across the university gathered to congratulate Goldman and Tang on their recent elections to prestigious, congressionally chartered national academies — the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Public Administration, respectively.

According to SPPD Dean Jack Knott, who delivered introductory remarks, “Membership in these academies is reserved for the most prominent and accomplished scientists, social scientists, and engineers — it is a highly rigorous process. And while the academies recognize major contributions to the profession, they are also set up to serve the nation. Members are called upon to provide advice and knowledge on key issues, in this case on health and medicine, and public management and administration.”

Dana Goldman From left: Jack Knott, Dana Goldman, Randy Hall, School of Pharmacy Dean R. Pete Vanderveen

“These accomplishments by Dana and Yan are truly exceptional, and we are all proud of their contributions to USC, to their professions and to society,” Knott added.

Goldman, who holds the Norman Topping/National Medical Enterprises Chair in Medicine and Public Policy and is director of the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, was elected a fellow of the Institute of Medicine — one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. The institute is part of the National Academy of Sciences.

In the past 10 years, Dana has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and received more than $10 million in externally funded research grants, in addition to serving on several editorial boards and advisory panels. His research has focused on the benefits of health care prevention; U.S. life span projections; the economics of chronic disease; health care reform; health care organization and economics; and pharmaceutical regulation and innovation.

Tang was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) in recognition of his extensive scholarly contributions to public administration, his exemplary leadership of SPPD’s master of public administration program and his valuable work with public and nonprofit managers locally and globally.

Tang has authored 50 journal articles and book chapters, and has served on the editorial boards for several leading academic journals. His book, Institutions and Collective Action: Self-Governance in Irrigation (ICS Press, 1992), is widely cited as a key reference on self-governing organizations in common-pool resource governance. His areas of research center on collaborative governance; environmental politics and policy; microfinance; local governance and environmental protection; environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs); and strategic philanthropy and land conservation governance.

Tang joins a distinguished group of SPPD-affiliated NAPA fellows, which includes current and emeriti faculty such as Knott, Robert Biller, Ross Clayton, Chet Newland, Jane Pisano, Mark Pisano, E. Kim Nelson, Francine Rabinovitz and Joseph Wholey.

During the reception, School of Pharmacy Dean R. Pete Vanderveen presented a commemorative gift to Goldman, and Newland presented a gift to Tang.

In addition, USC Vice Provost for Research Advancement Randy Hall gave congratulatory remarks on behalf of USC Executive Vice President and Provost C. L. Max Nikias. Hall was instrumental in recruiting Goldman to USC and in setting up the Schaeffer Center, Knott noted.

Photos by Tom Queally