Scientific Achievements at the USC Davis School of Gerontology

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USC Davis School of Gerontology

Active in the medical field for nearly half a century, Dr. Soon K. Kim presently focuses his career on administrative duties. As the president and chief executive officer of Aurora Behavioral Health Care, Dr. Soon K. Kym manages a network of eight hospitals across three states. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Soon Kyun Kim sits on the board of directors for the University of Southern California (USC) Davis School of Gerontology.

Established in 1975, the USC Davis School of Gerontology has become a leader in the study of aging. With options for undergraduates, master’s candidates, and PhD students, it affords scholars the opportunity to investigate the biological, sociological, medical, and business concerns of older persons. Additionally, it oversees programs such as the USC Free Radical Institute and the Center for Digital Aging.

Over the past 30 years, USC Davis School of Gerontology researchers have made important contributions to science. In January 2014, two of its scientists – Sean Curran and Shanshan Pang – investigated how the body adapts to dieting. Published in Cell Metabolism, this report looked at how genes respond to what people eat. Their results indicated that some individuals are genetically predisposed to react better to different diets, and the wrong diets can cause premature aging. Through further research and gene sequencing, this discovery may be able to help people determine what will be the best diets for their needs.


Breaking Down How to Keep Score in Tennis

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Score in Tennis

President and CEO of Aurora Behavioral Health Care, Dr. Soon K. Kim earned his medical degree from Seoul National University in Korea in 1966. When he is not attending to his professional responsibilities, Dr. Soon K. Kim enjoys playing tennis.

Tennis is perhaps unique among sports because a player or team can win the majority of the points scored and the majority of games and yet still lose the match. For instance, a player could win a match 6-4, 0-6, 6-4, thus winning 12 games to the loser’s 14 games won.

Contemporary league matches in the U.S. are generally won by the first side to win two sets. A set is won by the first side to win six games, and a game is won by the first side to score four points. To win a game, though, not only must a side reach four points, but it must also win by at least two points. Thus, if the two sides are tied at three points apiece – called “40-40” or “deuce”– they keep playing until one side wins by two points.

Some matches employ “no-ad” scoring, which eliminates the “win by two” rule so that even when the score is “deuce,” the next point wins the game. In mixed doubles matches using no-ad scoring, when the score is deuce or at the final point of a tiebreak, the server serves to the same gender player on the other side. This is a feature of mixed doubles play at tennis’ Grand Slam events.