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Pledging Allegiance
It is tradition for military personnel to fly an American flag over the Pentagon, military hospitals, a forward operating base or inside an aircraft during mission flights in honor of someone or something important to them.
LGBT Students Speak Freely at uRap
Every Monday, groups of USC LGBT students gather for conversations on day-to-day topics, such as queers in sports, living in an LGBT-friendly neighborhood or raising children in LGBT households.
Jae Jung Honored With 2012 Ho-Am Prize in Medicine
Jae U. Jung of the Keck School of Medicine of USC has been awarded South Korea’s 2012 Ho-Am Prize in Medicine, an honor that often is referred to as the Korean equivalent of the Nobel Prize.
Pinchas Cohen Named Dean of USC Davis School of Gerontology
Pinchas Cohen, a preeminent researcher and leader in the field of gerontology, has been named dean of the USC Davis School of Gerontology, effective Aug. 1.
Buffetts Share Thoughts on Philanthropy
Peter and Jennifer Buffett, founders and co-chairs of the NoVo Foundation, gave their thoughts on philanthropy as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series hosted by the USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy.
USC Senior Makes Memories at El Rodeo
From the day Christina Lee entered the gates of USC, she had a plan to get involved with El Rodeo, USC's 123-year-old yearbook.
Alumni Association Marks First SCervice Day
Trojans from Idaho to South Africa rolled up their sleeves to volunteer for local community service projects, marking the USC Alumni Association’s first USC Alumni Day of SCervice.
In Memoriam: Charles O’Regan, 62
Charles “Chuck” Patrick O’Regan, executive director of operations for Facilities Management Services, died on March 9. He was 62.
Fubon Financial Chairman Daniel M. Tsai Is USC Trustee
Daniel M. Tsai, chairman of Fubon Financial, Taiwan’s second largest financial services group, has been elected to the USC Board of Trustees.
BeWellUSC Launches Interactive Wellness Map
The USC Division of Student Affairs collected student, staff and faculty nominations for places on or near the University Park campus where Trojans can explore eight dimensions of wellness,
Law School Students Help Clients Fight for Asylum
Marbella was born as a boy named Marvin but from a young age identified as a female. She felt most comfortable when she wore effeminate clothing, and later, when she dressed and lived as a woman.
Pullias Lecture Focuses on Innovation in Higher Education
The 34th annual Pullias Lecture at USC featured remarks by Clayton M. Christensen of the Harvard Business School.
USC Thrice Named as Healthy Workplace
USC again has been designated a “Psychologically Healthy Workplace” by the California Psychological Association.
USC Dornsife's Travis Glynn Selected as Truman Scholar
Travis Glynn is a big-picture person. The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences junior tackles problems by considering the matter at hand. He also approaches his life the same way.
Finno Selected for Child Abuse and Neglect Fellowship
USC School of Social Work doctoral student Megan Finno has been awarded a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
USC Student Wins Children’s Book Award
Donalisa Helsley has been writing since she was in first grade.
Castells Honored With Prestigious Holberg Prize
University Professor Manuel Castells has been awarded Norway’s 2012 Holberg International Memorial Prize, which recognizes outstanding scholarly work in arts and humanities, social science, law and theology.
VetAdvisor to Hire USC Military Social Work Graduates
The USC School of Social Work and Three Wire Systems’ VetAdvisor has announced a partnership to recruit and hire military social work graduates for coaching services.
USC Professor to Hold New Endowed Chair
The USC Gould School of Law will celebrate the installation of professor Nancy Staudt as the first holder of the Edward G. Lewis Chair in Law.
USC Series Stresses Educational Issues
Each year, 1.2 million U.S. students drop out of high school, with less than 60 percent of black and Latino students making it to graduation.
$10 Million Gift Creates New Opportunities for Veterans at USC
USC trustee William J. Schoen ’60, MBA ’63 and his wife, Sharon, have made a $10 million gift to the university in support of military veteran scholarships.
USC Rossier Alumna Uncovers the Mysteries of Congress
Gisela Ariza ME ’11 always wanted to make a difference in the education of underserved students. She just didn’t know the level her aspiration would reach - all the way to Washington, D.C.
Leaders Network in San Francisco
The Network of Korean-American Leaders (NetKAL) fellowship program, which promotes community leadership among successful second-generation Korean Americans, heads north this year.
USC Gould Dean Inducted Into American College of Bankruptcy
Robert K. Rasmussen, dean of the USC Gould School of Law, was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy in Washington, D.C.
Development Leader Joins USC School of Social Work
Scarlett Powers Osterling has joined the USC School of Social Work as senior associate dean of advancement.
Ostrow School Launches Key Initiative
The Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC has marked its entrance into the Campaign for the University of Southern California, announcing a fundraising goal of $115 million.
Architecture School Launches Publication Series
The USC School of Architecture has released the first in an ongoing series of publications that will explore the multilayered urban landscape of Los Angeles.
Ray Irani Named Judge Widney Professor
USC trustee Ray R. Irani was appointed the Judge Widney Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry.
Book Drive Kicks Off at USC
The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation has jumpstarted Book Drive 2012 with a large donation of children’s books.
Wind Wins Orange County Education Award
The Orange County Department of Education honored Leslie Wind with its Outstanding Contributions to Education Award.
So You Want to be an Entrepreneur?
The USC School of Pharmacy welcomed more than 100 attendees to “Entrepreneurship for Academics,” a USC Center for Excellence in Research-sponsored event.
Harman Family Foundation Donates $10 Million to the USC Libraries
The Harman Family Foundation has made a gift of $10 million to help fulfill the extraordinary vision of Sidney Harman by endowing the center that will bear his name, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study.
Medical Students Play the Match Game
The weather was gloomy, but the atmosphere was electric for Match Day 2012 at the Harry and Celesta Pappas Quad on March 16, as 167 Keck School of Medicine of USC seniors learned where their journeys into the wide world of medicine would begin.
California Superintendents to Discuss Student Achievement
Superintendents from across the state will meet at USC on March 23 to learn about new research on practices that improve Latino student achievement.
USC Students Oppose Cuts to Cal Grants
The university’s top financial aid official accompanied two USC students to Sacramento on March 7 to meet with legislators over a proposal to slash state-funded college scholarships, or Cal Grants, by 44 percent.
SoCal Institute Boosts Translational Research at USC
During a 20-minute break between surgeries, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles surgeon and Keck School of Medicine of USC professor David Skaggs quickly rushed into a packed conference room to meet his team of researchers.
Nisei Students to Receive Honorary Degrees
USC will award honorary degrees to former Japanese-American students who were interned during World War II.
USC Schools Rise in U.S. News & World Report Rankings
U.S. News & World Report featured several USC schools and programs in its 2013 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.”
Gordon Assumes Presidency of Science Association
USC Price School of Public Policy professor Peter Gordon formally began his one-year term as president of the Western Regional Science Association.
Organizer Breaks Down USC’s Alternative Trips
Thanks to the work of Joenique Rose, the USC Volunteer Center is sending more than 150 students to 10 domestic and international sites for an Alternative Spring Break week of service, culture and memories.
Strong Showing for USC in CASE Awards
USC has won several accolades from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Student Honored for Work With Exploited Children
Charisma De Los Reyes has been recognized for her work on behalf of sexually exploited children in the San Diego area.
Good Neighbors Campaign Breaks Record
The USC Good Neighbors Campaign surpassed its 2011 goal by raising $1.5 million last year - 100 percent of which will be used on partnership programs in the neighborhoods around the University Park and Health Sciences campuses.
Attorneys Explore Process of Going Public
How does a major technology company like Facebook first offer stock to the public, and what is a lawyer’s role in the process?
L.A. County Honors USC Law Enforcer
USC Department of Public Safety detective Josh Voyda was recognized for his exceptional work in cyber investigations.
Gerontology Students Gain a New Advocate
Southern California students interested in helping older adults have a new statewide voice.
Vast Waters of the South Pacific
Amid a vast ocean, in the belly of a ship, a voyager contends with his own solitude and seasickness in the opening of USC professor Alain Borer’s poem “Sleep Log.”
President Nikias Leads Delegation to D.C.
USC president C. L. Max Nikias joined several USC trustees and administrators in a series of high-level meetings with members of Congress and the Obama administration.
USC Professor Named Distinguished Researcher
Genevieve Giuliano, professor and transportation researcher at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Transportation Research Forum.
Students Seek a Sense of Belonging
When Edward Ng took over as chair of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate’s LGBT committee in fall 2010, he did so by process of elimination.
Alaska Intern Has Plane, Will Travel
Most students enrolled in the Web-based master’s program at the USC School of Social Work either drive or take public transportation to their field placements. Jennifer Williams takes a float plane.
New Ed.D. Program to Prep Global Leaders
The USC Rossier School of Education will prepare senior leaders and policymakers around the world to understand policy from a global perspective with a new two-year Global Executive Doctor of Education program starting in July.
Social Work Launches Advanced Standing Program
The USC School of Social Work will begin offering advanced standing this fall in its Master of Social Work (MSW) program for exceptional first-year applicants who already have a bachelor’s degree in social work.
International Ambassadors Visit USC
In a first for what already is the most international university in America, ambassadors from 42 countries came to USC today for a panel on creation and innovation in Los Angeles.
Recipients of Knight Luce Fellowships Announced
The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism announced the recipients of the 2012 Knight Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion.
USC Women’s Conference Empowers Attendees
USC first lady Niki C. Nikias welcomed more than 900 Trojan alumnae, friends and family to Bovard Auditorium on March 1 for the largest Women’s Conference in the history of the university. She likened the accomplished group of attendees to Hecuba, queen of the Trojans, who gave her people the spirit to fight on.
Former HUD Secretary Gives Roybal Memorial Lecture
Henry Cisneros said America needs to build and modify homes and communities to support its growing older adult population.
USC Professor Forecasts Future of Nuclear Power
Nuclear power produces about 20 percent of the electricity in the United States, and it’s an increasingly important part of the overall energy supply mix.
USC School of Pharmacy Reorganizes Leadership
The USC School of Pharmacy has reorganized its administrative structure to augment its leadership and enhance the school’s continued ability to set vital trends for the pharmacy field.
In Memoriam: Carl Q. Christol, 98
Carl Quimby Christol, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and pioneer in the field of international space law, has died.
USC Introduces Op-Ed Site
For those jaded by partisan talk radio, there is ThinkUSC. The new online digest gathers the most influential, insightful and provocative commentaries published by USC faculty in one searchable and continually updated op-ed site.
Growth in California Philanthropy Outpaces the Nation
Philanthropic giving by California’s foundations jumped from $2.8 billion to $6 billion over the past decade despite two economic recessions during that period, a new USC analysis shows.
Brekke Appointed to Board of National Society
John Brekke has been named to the board of directors of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, the first national society honoring excellence in the research and practice of social work.
USC Delegation Returns From Visit to Israel
USC recently concluded an educational visit to Israel that included an exploration of the country’s advanced science and technology sector, strengthened ties to the research and teaching community, and produced high-level discussions with leaders in government, industry and cultural organizations.
Fresh & Easy Express Augments Local Grocery Options
The recent opening of Fresh & Easy Express, known for affordable and nutritious food, gives South Los Angeles residents another place to shop for groceries.
From Classroom to Center Stage
When USC student Jennifer Do gracefully crossed the stage of the Miss Vietnam of Southern California Pageant, her confidence and natural elegance suggested the qualities of a seasoned contestant.
Keepers of the Flame
As Barbara Flemings greeted every new arrival to the USC Davis School of Gerontology auditorium, her khaki suit jacket flapped open, revealing a Barack Obama T-shirt.
Welcome to the Culture Club
Science requires a laser-like focus in one’s chosen discipline, but even the most dedicated of researchers benefits when breakthroughs are shared.
Career Center's Diversity Mixer Keeps Things Casual
The USC Career Center's Diversity Networking Mixer was added on Feb. 7 to this year’s Career Fest calendar for the first time.
USC to Mark 100th Anniversary of Trojans Nickname
Trojans, one of the most iconic monikers in sports history, will mark its 100th anniversary on Feb. 24 as the nickname of USC’s athletic teams.
School of Social Work Tackles Immigration
Chants of “justice” and “freedom” rang out in front of Bovard Auditorium on the morning of Feb. 16 as some USC School of Social Work students, failing to provide two forms of identification after being randomly asked to do so, were put into a special holding area.
School of Architecture Awarded $100,000 Grant for Solar Decathlon
An interdisciplinary team of USC students and faculty has been selected to compete in the 2013 Solar Decathlon, a prestigious multiyear international competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Boeing Grant to Support Hybrid Algebra Lab
Teachers work independently more than 80 percent of the time, which means they often do not have the benefit of receiving feedback or sharing strategies.
APASS Students Attend Youth Briefing in D.C.
Four USC students traveled to Washington, D.C., last month to attend the first Asian American and Pacific Islander Youth Leadership Briefing hosted by the Obama administration.
Olympic Heads Speak at USC Annenberg Conference
An overflow crowd of more than 300 people gathered at Town & Gown on Feb. 15 for back-to-back conversations worthy of the citius, altius, fortius, or "swifter, higher, stronger" Olympic motto.
Zinner Collection Always in Fashion
A pioneering woman in a field once dominated by men, Christa Zinner worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Fred Astaire and Katharine Hepburn.
What Matters to Michael L. Jackson
On a recent Wednesday at Ground Zero Coffeehouse, USC vice president for Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson summarized the things that truly matter to him: home, work, love and peace of mind.
Ostrow School Celebrates Research Day
The Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC honored its student, resident and faculty researchers during its annual Research Day celebration on Feb. 15 at the Galen Center.
Astor Chosen as an AERA Fellow
Ron Astor was selected to become a 2012 fellow of the American Educational Research Association.
Pullias Center for Higher Education Established
A bequest from the Pullias Family estate has established the newly named Earl and Pauline Pullias Center for Higher Education at the USC Rossier School of Education.
Better Than Chocolate
Residents of the Alexandria Care Center received a Valentine’s Day surprise when they were showered with more than 200 handmade cards.
USC Rossier Professor Studies Teen Race Relations Online
Brendesha Tynes, newly named associate professor at the USC Rossier School of Education, has focused her research on the impact of online racial victimization.
Symposium Honors Life of Harry Pachon
USC celebrated the life of professor Harry Pachon on Jan. 25 with a memorial symposium discussing politics and policy from a Latino perspective.
USC's Post-Conviction Project Celebrates 30 Years
USC Gould School of Law alumni attended the recent 30th anniversary of the Post-Conviction Justice Project.
Quidditch Not for the Fearful
Members of the USC quidditch team are used to getting quizzical looks as they re-create the game made famous in Harry Potter books.
President Nikias Speaks to USC Faculty
USC is experiencing unprecedented growth in both academic talent and resources during a time of national belt-tightening. That was the central message of USC president C. L. Max Nikias’ annual address to faculty, delivered on Feb. 8 and 9 on the Health Sciences and University Park campuses, respectively.
President's Address to Staff to be Viewable Live Online
President C. L. Max Nikias' address to the staff, scheduled for this Wednesday, will be streamed live on the USC Employee TV website at
Nominations Open for President's Staff Award
Nominations are being accepted for the President's Award for Staff Achievement, which will be presented at the annual Staff Recognition Luncheon in April.
Ray Irani, Michael Waterman Elected to NAE
USC trustee Ray R. Irani PhD ’57 and USC University Professor Michael Waterman have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
MSW@USC Student to Compete in 2012 Paralympics
Eric Hollen, a Virtual Academic Center student at the USC School of Social Work, was tending his horse farm about 10 years ago when his tractor tipped over, pinning him.
USC Price Celebrates Naming Gift
Confetti shot through the air, the Spirit of Troy played the USC fight song and faculty, staff, students, alumni and university officials lifted two fingers in a victory salute as the university celebrated the newly named USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.
Life on the Rez
In the 1950s in the small village of Ball Club, Minn., a school lunch program created a nasty rift.
Professor's Analysis Followed in Prop. 8 Court Ruling
The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Proposition 8, California’s ban on gay marriage this week in an opinion that closely follows a line of analysis put forward by USC Gould School of Law professor Rebecca Brown in June 2010.
MSW Student Takes Leadership Role
For a profession whose central focus is on interacting and working with people, the idea that some social workers need a little push to join an association just for them is ironic, to say the least.
It’s the Smart Thing to Do
In architect Doris Kim Sung’s ideal future, buildings automatically will respond to changes in the environment.
What Lies Beneath the Asbestos Crisis
When thousands of workers filed lawsuits against employers in search of asbestos injury compensation, Congress planned to create a national social insurance program for asbestos claims but failed.
Journalism Major Finds His Corner of USC
After spending his first year at USC calling basketball and baseball games on the radio for KXSC 1560-AM, Conrad Wilton noticed the station was missing a very important element: news.
Professor Strives to Expand Diversity in Teacher Education
Marleen Pugach has spent her career advocating for the reform of teacher education.
Nikias Returns to the USC Family of Schools
During visits to the 32nd Street/USC Visual and Performing Arts Magnet and Norwood Street Elementary schools, president Nikias witnessed the impact that USC's programs are having on children, teachers and families.
Dauterive’s Gift Names New Social Sciences Building
USC trustee Verna B. Dauterive ME ’49, EdD ’66 has committed her $30 million gift to name the first interdisciplinary social sciences building on the USC campus.
UNO Application Deadline Set for Feb. 24
A new Web-based application system will make it easier to apply for the USC Neighborhood Outreach (UNO) grant, whose deadline is Feb. 24.
Small Business, Big Plans
Carmen Rad started her business, CRA Custom Banner, out of her home in 1993. By 2009, her banner printing enterprise had grown enough for her move into a 25,000-square-feet building not far from the University Park campus.
Former NAI Scholars Return to Inspire Others
After losing most of her family members to four years of napalm attacks and artillery strikes during the four-year reign of Khmer Rouge, You Taing Kouot fled Cambodia for South Los Angeles.
Jordan-Marsh Wins Book of the Year Award
Maryalice Jordan-Marsh has received the Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing.
Reluctant Hero Steps Into the Spotlight
USC Gould School of Law alumnus Shervin Lalezary ’08 arrested a serial arsonist who had been on a rampage that resulted in millions of dollars in property damage in Los Angeles.
In Memoriam: Thomas C. Cox, 72
Thomas C. Cox, associate professor emeritus of history at USC, has died.
Sugars Donate $5 Million to the USC Libraries
USC trustee Ronald D. Sugar and his wife, Valerie Sugar MS ’72, have endowed the Valerie and Ronald Sugar Dean’s Chair of the USC Libraries.
Trojan Debate Squad Set for Great Debaters Rematch
The Trojan Debate Squad will travel to Texas for a Jan. 27 rematch of a famous 1935 debate between USC and Wiley College that inspired The Great Debaters, the 2007 movie starring Denzel Washington.
Book Examines Racial Equity in Higher Education
A new book by USC Rossier School of Education professor Estela Mara Bensimon examines equity issues at institutions of higher education.
KXSC Goes Uptown With Campus Center Facilities
The crisp sounds coming from the speakers inside KXSC 1560 AM-Los Angeles, USC's independent student-run radio station, are a true sign of the times.
In Memoriam: Manbir Singh, 67
Manbir Singh, professor of biomedical engineering and radiology at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, died during the winter break while visiting family in India.
Bane Wins Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award
Dan Bane ’69 will receive the Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award, USC’s highest alumni honor, at the 79th annual USC Alumni Awards on April 28 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Omar Lopez Honored for Foster Care Work
Omar Lopez is the recipient of an Angels in Adoption award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.
Nominations Sought for Mellon Awards
Nominations for the 2012 USC Mellon Mentoring Awards will be accepted through Feb. 27.
USC Bike Summit Puts Safety First
In an effort to promote a pedestrian-friendly environment, USC held its first bike summit on Jan. 18 in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom.
Jill Biden Participates in Roundtable on Military Families
A USC School of Social Work forum discusses programs connecting educators with military students and parents.
Giving Money Away Is Not Easy
During the fall, USC students who signed up for the course, "The Nonprofit Sector and the Public Interest," found themselves with $10,000 and a tough assignment. They had to give the money away to up to five deserving Los Angeles-based nonprofits.
All’s Fair in Industrial Technology
Between May 1 and Oct. 15, 1851, more than 6 million people wound their way through London’s Crystal Palace to experience the first World’s Fair.
USC Conference Examines Keys to Students’ Success
Nine out of every 10 middle school students across the United States said they plan to go to college.
Sean McCormick Brings Passion to USC
When USC junior Sean McCormick, a native of Boston, Mass., visited the campus for the first time as a prospective student, he fell in love with the university's vibrancy.
USC Professor Reflects on War Time
USC Gould School of Law professor Mary L. Dudziak has written War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences, a reflection on war and the laws enacted during conflict.
Nikias Examines Role of Universities
USC president C. L. Max Nikias joined higher education chief executives for two major public discussions on the role of universities held earlier this month.
New University and Distinguished Professors
USC president C. L. Max Nikias has appointed Mark Humayun and Larry Swanson as new University Professors and P. Daniel Dapkus and Midori as Distinguished Professors.
Statement on Proposed Modifications to USC Lease with Coliseum Commission
Points of agreement to serve as the basis for continuing negotiations on a modified lease between USC and the Coliseum Commission have been released.
In Memoriam: Richard Thor, 80
USC School of Social Work Board of Councilor member Richard (Dick) Thor ’58 died on Dec. 18 at his home in Redondo Beach after a battle with cancer.
Spouse of Wounded Veteran Earns Scholarship
USC School of Social Work graduate student Vikki Fishel has won the Shannon Maxwell Award given by a national nonprofit organization.
$3.8 Million Gift Funds Full Scholarships
The number of full-tuition scholarships at USC will rise by at least 40 over the next four years.
USC Annenberg Students Receive Chick Hearn Scholarship
Two USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism students received the 2012 Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship at Staples Center.
$15 Million Norris Gift Funds USC Cancer Care
USC has announced an expansion of cancer care facilities made possible by a $15 million donation from the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation.
New Strategic Vision Charts USC’s Continued Ascent
USC has launched a new strategic vision that outlines the leading role the university will play in what it calls “the Age of the Pacific - an environment that is far more global, urban and integrated than ever before.”
NAI, Creative Writing Inspire a Trojan
When Jasmine Torres was 13 years old and homeless on Christmas Day, for inspiration she turned to her dream of attending USC.
Nikias to Attend Two Higher Education Panels
In two upcoming events, USC president C. L. Max Nikias will join his counterparts from other leading universities to answer major concerns currently faced by the administrators.
Lenahan Honored as Social Worker of the Year
Patricia Lenahan, an adjunct lecturer at the USC School of Social Work, was honored by the Orange County chapter of the National Association of Social Workers as Social Worker of the Year.
Davies Wins an International Honor
USC Davis School of Gerontology professor Kelvin J. A. Davies began the new year on a professional high, winning the Biennial Award from the European Society for Free Radical Research.
USC Center Examines High School Curriculum
The USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice on Jan. 11 will bring together the nation’s top college admissions deans, education policymakers and administrators to cast a critical eye on the state of the nation’s high school curriculum.
Tears of Joy
For these high school students, the tiny mortarboard pins represented months of hard work and tenacity.
Matt Barkley Will Stay at USC
USC quarterback Matt Barkley announced today that he will return to USC for his senior season.
In Memoriam: Charles Ritcheson, 86
Charles Ray Ritcheson, USC University Librarian Emeritus and Colin Rhys Lovell Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, died December 8 at his home in Washington, D.C.
USC Alum Target Reading Skills
James “Jimmy” Reese ’46 is a busy man. On a recent day, he did some early stock market trading, arbitrated a dog bite case and set up meetings for a new education intervention program administered by USC.
Low-Income Latino Neighborhoods May Protect Against Frailty
Mexican-American neighborhoods seem to offer protective health benefits for the older adults who live there, according to a new USC study.
USC Parents Honor the Faculty
When USC students praise the teachers who found them high-level internships or research opportunities half a world away, parents can do more than listen. They can take action.
USC Class Wins Innovative Program Award
Chrissy Roth was sitting at the back of a large, New Orleans ballroom at the annual conference of the National Orientation Directors Association when “The United States: An American Culture Series” won the 2011 Innovative Program Award.
Former Rep. Jane Harman Elected USC Trustee
Jane Harman, former congresswoman from California and current director, president and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, was elected to the USC Board of Trustees.
Student-Athletes Take Part in Community Bowl
Student-athletes representing 11 of USC's varsity sports came together to participate in the university’s first Community Bowl.
University Club Party Kicks Off Holiday Season
The USC University Club hosted its eighth annual Holiday Party in conjunction with the USC Thornton School of Music’s Winter Gala.
Tinoco Appointed to L.A. Library Board
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has appointed Eduardo Tinoco, associate dean of public services for the USC Libraries, to the Los Angeles Board of Library Commissioners.
USC Mock Trial Team Dominates East Coast Foes
In a Philadelphia courtroom, USC mock trial team member Lauren Ige confidently stood before a judge and argued that a man who drove with a blood alcohol level higher than the legal limit of .08 and crashed his car, killing a passenger, should be charged with murder.
LAUSD Grants Charter to USC Hybrid High
The Los Angeles Unified School District granted a charter to USC Hybrid High, paving the way for the school to open near the University Park campus next September.
USC Davis Students Thank Benefactors at Scholarship Luncheon
USC Davis School of Gerontology students were acknowledged and their scholarship donors thanked at the 2011 Scholarship Luncheon last month.
Artifacts Recall Civil War History
Although exact figures are unknown, it’s estimated that nearly 4 million soldiers fought in the American Civil War, with more than 618,000 killed during the four-year conflict.
Serious Students, Offbeat Classes
During the fall semester, aspiring engineers and business majors attended a USC School of Theatre improv class, many describing themselves as introverted or shy.
It’s Tough to Judge This Job
Being a judicial officer is a job unlike any other she's done, but Missy Enanoza is up to the challenge.
USC Recreational Sports Gets Cagey
Don't be intimidated by the term "caged" sports.
Trejo Honored for Award-Winning Service
Laura Trejo MPA ’87, MS ’87 of the USC Davis School of Gerontology won the 2011 Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education given by the American Society on Aging.
Social Work Student Wins National Scholarship
Keyon Mitchell, a graduate student from the USC School of Social Work, is one of four national winners of the inaugural Gold Standard Scholarship program.
Peterson Receives Award From Victim Support Group
A USC School of Social Work faculty member is honored by the nonprofit organization Face Forward.
In Memoriam: John Marburger, 70
John H. Marburger III, former dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and science adviser to President George W. Bush, has died. He was 70.
USC Students Observe World AIDS Day
USC students handed out red ribbons to commemorate and raise awareness of the millions worldwide who have suffered from HIV/AIDS.
Behind the Mask
When remembering Shakespeare’s words in Hamlet, “This above all: to thine own self be true,” most don’t consider that the play’s buffoonish Polonius delivers the line.
USC School Receives $50 Million Gift
USC is receiving a $50 million gift from the Price Family Charitable Fund to endow and name the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy (formerly the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development), cementing its standing as one of the most progressive and prestigious American schools of public affairs.
Bartner Celebrates His 250th Home Game
USC Trojan Marching Band director Arthur C. Bartner celebrated a triple-digit milestone at USC’s 50-0 victory over UCLA.
Four USC Rossier Faculty Win First Weintraub Prize
Four faculty members from the USC Rossier School of Education Master of Arts in Teaching program comprise the winning team of the first Weintraub Faculty Prize for innovative use of technology for learning.
Bensimon Receives Service Award
Estela Mara Bensimon was named the 2011 recipient of the Association for the Study of Higher Education Council on Ethnic Participation's Founders Service Award.
USC Rossier Professor Returns to Jeopardy!
Morgan Polikoff, assistant professor of K-12 policy and leadership at the USC Rossier School of Education, was a runaway winner in his debut appearance on the long-running game show Jeopardy!
Running Toward Greatness
“Cancer put me through the ringer,” McLaughlin blogs. “I came out of it insecure, anxious and with a major attitude. I wondered, ‘why me?’ 10 out of 24 hours a day. And I will admit to being miserable to be around.”
KUSC Nabs National Awards
Classical KUSC took home two first place national awards at the Los Angeles Press Club’s fourth annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards competition on Nov. 17.
Living the Dream
Is there a general fatigue from an oversaturation of American dream stories? I can’t say (because I don’t know), but I do think we take our parents’ sacrifices and uniquely American opportunities and experiences for granted.
Rwanda Testimony to be Archived at USC
In a significant expansion of its archive, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education is launching a new effort to preserve and share video testimony from survivors of the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi genocide.
Banks’ Book Stirs Controversy
Race, marriage and class were discussed and debated at a USC event last month featuring author Ralph Richard Banks.
Baseball Attorneys Swing Away at USC Event
USC Gould School of Law students were given an inside look at sports law from two of the industry’s most prominent lawyers at an event hosted by the Sports Law Society earlier this month.
USC Researchers Launch Collaboration on STEM Education
It’s become an urgent mantra: The United States must produce more scientists and engineers to maintain its edge in an increasingly competitive global economy.
Local Officials, Veterans Unite at Social Work Event
A female veteran stood up and recounted the difficulties she encountered when she returned home from two tours of duty in Iraq.
Epstein Installed as First Holder of Rader Family Chair in Law
The USC Gould School of Law formally installed professor Lee Epstein as the inaugural holder of the Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law.
Rader Family Is Steeped in USC Lineage
Stephen P. Rader ’81 figures that the idea of funding a chair for the USC Gould School of Law goes back as far as 60 years.
USC Leads the Nation in International Students
For the 10th year in a row, USC counted more international students than any other American institution of higher education, according to the annual Open Doors report released by the Institute of International Education.
USC Debuts Admissions Twitter Event
From as far away as New Zealand and Korea, USC student hopefuls got their chance to ask university admissions officers what it takes to become a Trojan - without ever having to leave their computers.
Sports Communicates in Powerful Ways
Sports, as USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism professors made clear at a two-day conference in Paris, offer a way for people anywhere and everywhere to talk to and understand one another.
U.S. Air Force Vet Turned Trojan Honors Fallen Soldiers
One of more than 500 student veterans at USC, airwoman turned Trojan Monica Valencia participates in a nationwide remembrance on Veterans Day.
Trojan Wins Dissertation Award
USC assistant professor Emily Putnam-Hornstein has received the 2012 Outstanding Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Award.
Follow the Leaders
Learning to lead while sea kayaking, hot air ballooning and hiking has been quite an adventure for USC students.
The Final Frontier
The big sleep. Kicking the bucket. Dying. No matter how you say it, very few people enjoy contemplating their own mortality.
Dual Degree Student Awarded Scholarship
Tim Bensman has had a probing mind since he was a boy.
Comparing Comparative Studies
Poetry, subjectivity and political violence in the neoliberal age. Italian artists books in conceptual arts. House, library, field - the aesthetic of saturation.
The Next Generation Explores Careers in Student Affairs
The 2011 Western Regional Careers in Student Affairs Day brought more than 600 students from across California to the USC campus for a day of networking, inspiration and education.
SPPD Undergrads See Real-World Applications at West 27th Place
USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development students learned about the latest privately built apartment complex intended for USC students as part of SPPD's Fell Undergraduate Student Conversation series last month.
Latino Floor Hosts Dia de Los Muertos Celebration
USC's Latino Floor welcomed hundreds of elementary school students from the community to Fluor Tower for a Dia de Los Muertos event that combined culture, history and a glimpse of the college experience.
In Memoriam: Harry Pachon
Harry Pachon, professor of public policy at USC and president of the nation’s oldest and most recognized think tank on Latino issues, died Nov. 4 following an extended illness.
Doctoral Student Studies Latino Boomers
As the aging wave crashes upon the country with the first group of baby boomers turning 65 this year, one important component of the boomer generation is often overlooked: Latinos.
From Students to Scientists
Though he’s not yet a full-fledged dentist, Andrew Kiss already has professional prestige as an author of a published scientific article.
USC Alumna Traveled Around the Globe
Annie Gillman ’10 credited the USC Global Fellows Internship program with introducing her to everything from Asian financial derivatives to dragon boats.
Half Century Trojans Still Fighting On
Several generations of Trojans gathered in the spirit of “honoring the past, celebrating the present and building the future” at the 2011 Half Century Trojans Luncheon on Oct. 28.
Documentary Captures Challenges of First-Year Teachers
For the past two months, filmmakers have been following two USC Rossier School of Education graduates in their first semester of teaching at Crenshaw High School.
Colleges Look to USC for Ways to Boost Graduation Rates
The USC Center for Urban Education was retained by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education for a two-year, $1 million project to uncover the pitfalls that may drive students to drop out.
Robles Among 100 Most Influential Hispanics for Second Time
Darline Robles PhD ’94, professor of clinical education at the USC Rossier School of Education, was named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics of 2011 by Hispanic Business magazine in an issue focusing on diversity and inclusion.
MESA Program Secures Additional Funding
The USC Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement program has won funding for three more years from the University of California Office of the President.
Henri Ford Receives National Humanism Award
As the son of a minister in Haiti, Henri Ford was accustomed to people coming to the family home for help.
USC Introduces New Graphic Identity
USC has launched a new graphic identity that will provide a strong, consistent look across a range of media and materials produced by members of the campus community.
A New Name for World-Class Medicine
The University of Southern California’s renowned doctors and nationally ranked private hospitals have a new name: Keck Medical Center of USC.
Trojan Family Weekend Draws Thousands to Campus
Trojan Family Weekend 2011 gave USC parents from all over the country a glimpse into the full scope of academic and social activities that students enjoy on campus.
USC Launches ‘We Are Considerate’ Campaign
Five traits are etched on Tommy Trojan's pedestal: faithful, scholarly, skillful, courageous and ambitious.
USC Opens San Francisco Office
USC’s regional presence continues to expand with the establishment of a new office in San Francisco.
Jackiewicz to Lead USC Health
Thomas E. Jackiewicz, a seasoned health care executive with a track record for innovation, creativity and strategic alignment, will assume USC’s newly created position of senior vice president and chief executive officer for USC Health, effective Jan. 1, 2012.
USC Libraries Welcome First Discovery Fellow
USC Libraries dean Catherine Quinlan has named Margaret Wertheim, a science writer and director of The Institute for Figuring, as the first USC Libraries Discovery Fellow.
Local Residents Learn About The Village at USC
It was standing room only as more than 500 community residents came to USC to learn about The Village at USC, the largest development of its kind in the history of South Los Angeles.
No Tricks, All Treats
At least 1,500 neighborhood children and parents are expected to attend this year’s annual USC Safe Halloween celebration.
In Memoriam: John W. Beierle, 74
John W. Beierle PhD ’68, recently retired associate professor at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, died on Oct. 18. He was 74.
USC’s Commitment to Community Lauded
In a Letter to the Editor posted by The Chronicle of Higher Education, the president of the American Council on Education, Molly Corbett Broad, noted USC's long-standing commitment to community engagement by writing: "Perhaps the best model for this kind...
New Educational Path at Dentistry School
A unique academic pathway at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC provides high-achieving students with an uninterrupted, comprehensive education in dental hygiene and dental surgery.
Trying to Master Two Tough Jobs
Brian Edwards was eager to join the USC Trojan Marching Band after he enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching at USC (MAT@USC).
USC Professor Studies Conceptual Changes in Science
Gale M. Sinatra, who joined the USC Rossier School of Education this fall as visiting professor of education, hopes to change preconceived notions about science for learners and teachers through her work.
Report Opens Door to Strengthen College-Going Cultures
Findings from a recent report released by researchers at the Center for Urban Education (CUE) and the National College Access Network will be used to improve college-going rates among minority high school students at two pilot schools and others in the Boston Public Schools.
Energy Executive Chengyu Fu Is New USC Trustee
Chengyu Fu MS ’86, a longtime leader of the Beijing-based China National Offshore Oil Corp., was elected to the USC Board of Trustees.
Korean-American Leaders Convene at NetKAL Events
The USC School of Social Work’s Network of Korean-American Leaders held its annual gala and summit on Oct. 21-22.
USC Opens Doors for Models of Pride Conference
The USC campus rolled out the rainbow carpet for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center's Models of Pride conference on Oct. 15, and a record 1,100 students and parents attended.
USC Sends Silence Packing
On a sunny Friday afternoon in October, the donated backpacks of 1,100 college students who died by their own hands were scattered on the grass of USC's Alumni Park.
Christopher Cox Elected to USC Board of Trustees
Christopher Cox ’73 has been elected to the USC Board of Trustees.
Symposium to Address Architecture for Older Adults
The shape of the world we create can present challenges and dangers for older adults.
Mentor, Friend and Brother
Using it like a mantra, USC punter Kyle Negrete is fond of saying, "Don't doubt the down and out." He lives it too.
2011 ShakeOut a Success
At 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20, more than 8.6 million participants enacted the lifesaving earthquake-response procedure of “drop, cover and hold on."
Behavioral Informatics Takes Shape at USC Viterbi
In recent years, USC Viterbi School of Engineering professor Shrikanth S. Narayanan has worked on behavioral informatics.
Inspiring Stories Can Lead to Empathy
A USC researcher has studied emotions such as compassion, admiration and inspiration.
She Relishes the Rainbow Floor
Riss Emond, the current resident adviser of the special interest community for LGBT and ally undergraduate and graduate students, opted to trust her instincts on a big decision.
Unions a Catalyst for Civic Engagement, USC Study Finds
Labor union experiences lead Latino immigrants to greater civic participation, a USC study found.
The Power of Friendship
When the Friday afternoon bell rings at high schools across America, students rush out of their classrooms in pursuit of weekend fun.
Remembering a Vibrant Volunteer
Lilyan Russell refused to tell anyone her age.
USC School of Pharmacy Commits to Safety-Net Clinics
The USC School of Pharmacy plans to double its presence in clinics and medical homes that deliver health care services to the uninsured, the poor and the homeless.
Barry W. Boehm Honored at Symposium
A symposium in honor of USC Viterbi School of Engineering professor Barry W. Boehm brought distinguished experts and scholars from seven countries to salute the founder of the USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering.
Provost Named Fellow of Prestigious Academy
Elizabeth Garrett has been elected to The American Academy of Political and Social Science, a prestigious honor shared by only three other USC scholars, and will be inducted as a Harold Lasswell Fellow.
USC-led Program Preps Future Athletic Directors
In 1989, there was no simple path to becoming an athletic director.
17th-Century Book Examines Abnormalities
Early in the 1500s, tales of a baby born with bat-like wings, an eye located in its knee and an eagle’s claw for a foot quickly spread throughout Europe.
Nikiases Host GNC Leadership Circle Dinner
The most dedicated supporters of USC’s Good Neighbors Campaign enjoyed a night of Greek food, music and entertainment at the home of President C. L. Max Nikias and first lady Niki C. Nikias in San Marino on Oct. 6.
The Future of Aging Policies in America
With two decades of public service under her belt, Kathy Greenlee is one of the most knowledgeable and powerful figures in the field.
ShakeOut Drills Expected to Top 9 Million Participants
More people than ever will be crouching under desks at 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20, as the 2011 Great California ShakeOut gains participants in California and across the country.
A Look Ahead at Supreme Court Term
Three of the nation’s top constitutional law scholars - Michael McConnell and Jeffrey Fisher of Stanford Law School and Rebecca Brown of the USC Gould School of Law - offered insights on some of the most important cases before the U.S. Supreme Court at a recent event on the University Park campus.
Gruber Named Director of USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Stephen B. Gruber, a renowned physician-scientist from the University of Michigan, has been named director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, effective Dec. 1.
Trojan Family Remembers John R. Hubbard
The Trojan Family celebrated the life and legacy of USC President Emeritus John Randolph “Jack” Hubbard at a Bovard Auditorium memorial on Oct. 7.
International Students Get a Lesson in Love
What does "hang out" mean? What does "friends with benefits" mean?
Nazi Hunter Traces His Cases
Eli Rosenbaum has dedicated his career to pursuing Nazi war criminals and other violators of human rights living and hiding in the United States.
Leaders With Posse-bility
A few thousand miles from home, a dozen freshmen from New York City can’t picture themselves at USC without their posse.
In Memoriam: André Pineda, 46
André Pineda, a Democratic pollster, mentor and lecturer at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, died on Sept. 27. He was 46.
USC Global Conference to Examine a Changing World
On-site preparations are under way for the 2011 USC Global Conference in Hong Kong, a three-day event that brings together academic and business experts from both sides of the Pacific to exchange ideas, renew connections and forge new relationships.
USC Units Adopt Post-Earthquake Disaster Plans
Experts say that California is due for the next big earthquake. Will you be prepared?
USC Dornsife Student Named Astronaut Scholar
Skylab astronaut Jerry Carr BS ’54 presented USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences student Simca Bouma with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) during a ceremony held on Oct. 3 at USC.
Social Work Partners With National Council
The USC School of Social Work has announced a partnership with the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare as part of an ongoing commitment to the recruitment and retention of a strong behavioral health workforce.
Pharmacy Receives Grant to Expand Community Program
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to USC School of Pharmacy associate professor Jeffery Goad.
Soon-Shiong Foundation Endows a New Chair at USC Viterbi
The Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation, funded by philanthropist and surgeon Patrick Soon-Shiong and his wife, Michele B. Chan, has made a donation to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering to endow a new chair.
History Buffs to Meet at L.A. Archives Bazaar
History will come alive once again on Oct. 22 as dozens of Southern California’s rare and archival materials come together at the sixth annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar.
USC Alums Recall Judicial Clerkships
Most first-year law students are familiar with the career options of joining a firm, government agency or nonprofit organization after graduation.
USC Alum Recounts the Fall of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
More than 150 USC law students vied for seats at “Conversations With the Dean,” a lunchtime event on Sept. 28 featuring Dan Woods ’74 JD ’77, the lead attorney who represented the Log Cabin Republicans in the successful federal court challenge to “Don’t ask, don’t tell."
Stipends Support USC Dornsife Courses
The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education awarded stipends to three professors at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences to support the integration of video testimony from Holocaust survivors and other witnesses into their courses during the academic year.
Social Work Sets Dual Degree Program
For the first time, the USC School of Social Work is offering a dual-degree program that will allow students to concurrently earn master’s and doctoral degrees in social work.
Green Addresses Impact of Housing Market on Elections
Does the economy need to rebound to repair the housing market or does the housing market need to be fixed to improve the economy? It's the sort of chicken-or-egg scenario that keeps policymakers up at night.
Bringing Out Your Best
Incoming undergraduates, would you like an engraved invitation to visit your professors during their office hours?
Supreme Court Preview to be Held Oct. 3
The USC Gould School of Law will present the fourth annual “U.S. Supreme Court: A Preview,” an event featuring legal scholars Michael McConnell and Jeffrey Fisher of Stanford Law School and Rebecca Brown of USC.
Internship Week Helps Students Secure Positions
Though fall has just begun, students will have an ideal opportunity to secure a spring or summer position during Internship Week, which will kick off Oct. 3.
Good Neighbors Campaign Hosts Kickoff Celebration
Now in its 18th year, the USC Good Neighbors Campaign kicked off Sept. 28 with a celebration at Alumni Park.
USC Undergraduates: Diverse and Upwardly Mobile
USC’s entering undergraduate student body is among the most diverse, upwardly mobile and academically talented in the university’s 131-year history, with a record proportion of students who are the first in their families to go to college.
Author Richard Banks to Discuss His Book at USC
Ralph Richard Banks, author of the provocative new book, Is Marriage for White People? How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone, will take part in a panel discussion on Oct. 5 sponsored by the USC Center for Law, History and Culture.
In Memoriam: James Rosenau, 86
James Rosenau, professor emeritus of international relations at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, a founder of foreign policy as an academic field and a pioneer in the study of globalization, died on Sept. 9. He was 86.
Holder Installed as USC Leventhal Dean
William W. Holder was installed as the fifth dean of the USC Leventhal School of Accounting at Town & Gown.
Alumni Lauded at Volunteer Recognition Dinner
Paying tribute to the “lifeblood of the Trojan Family,” the 2011 Volunteer Recognition Dinner was held on Sept. 16 at Town & Gown.
Repetition Does Not Add Up for Math Students
What are children being taught in math classes today? According to a new paper by USC Rossier School of Education assistant professor Morgan Polikoff, the answer is a whole lot of what they were taught last year.
USC Libraries Host German Exile Scholars
During the 1930s and ’40s, as the horrors of Nazi Germany engulfed the European continent, Los Angeles became a sanctuary for some of Europe’s most celebrated artists and intellectuals.
Metros Elected to Information Technology Board
Susan Metros, USC associate chief information officer for Technology-Enhanced Learning and associate vice provost at Information Technology Services, was named to the board of directors of EDUCAUSE.
Committee Calls for Nominations
Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate distinguished individuals to be considered for an honorary degree from USC.
It's Time to Drop, Cover and Hold On
The annual Great Shakeout earthquake drill will take place at 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20.
David Rose: Witness to the Prosecution
When Hillside Strangler Angelo Buono faced his accusers in Los Angeles Superior Court, artist David Rose often sat near him in the courtroom looking for any hint of emotion from one-half of the duo who terrorized Southern California in the fall of 1977.
Matt Barkley Named to Good Works Team
USC quarterback Matt Barkley is one of 11 college football players named to the 2011 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team.
SPPD Fellows Make Their Marks as Education Pioneers
When it comes to education, there actually are four Rs - reading, writing, arithmetic and reform.
USC Rossier Faculty Members Focus on Urban Education
USC Rossier School of Education faculty members and international colleagues address issues in urban education through the lens of equity in a new book to be released Sept. 26.
USC Study Indicates a Strong Payday for STEM Students
People of color, who will make up the majority of the country’s population by 2050, continue to be underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math.
Four High-Profile Professors Join Social Work
The USC School of Social Work has hired four new professors, bolstering its profile in the areas of child welfare and maltreatment, sociology, gangs, substance use and social policy.
USC Family Celebrates Campaign
The Trojan Family cheered the launch of the biggest fundraising campaign in the history of USC, and of American higher education, at a celebration Friday, Sept. 16, in Bovard Auditorium.
USC to Help Host 2015 Special Olympics
USC will play a major role in hosting the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games, which will be held in Los Angeles.
Cale Chair Supports USC Athletics
The Charles Griffin Cale Director of Athletics’ Chair at USC, an endowment made possible by USC alums Chuck ’66 and Jessie Cale ’74, officially was installed on Sept. 2.
Kleinbard Testifies Before Senate Committee on Finance
Outlining his proposals for tax reform on Sept. 13, USC Gould School of Law professor Edward Kleinbard testified before a subcommittee of the United States Senate Committee on Finance.
USC Alumna Earns Health and Aging Fellowship
USC Davis School of Gerontology alumna Dawn Alley ’06 PhD has been named one of the Health and Aging Policy Fellows by The Atlantic Philanthropies.
Alan Sieroty Endows Civil Liberties Lecture Series
A new civil liberties issues lecture series that will bring some of the country’s most respected scholars to the USC Gould School of Law has been endowed by Alan Sieroty ’56.
Love and Legacies
Growing up, Kyrsti Harris learned a lot from her grandparents, including their legacies, love and life experiences throughout the aging process.
USC Marks Constitution Day
In 2004, Congress passed legislation establishing Constitution and Citizenship Day, a federal holiday commemorating the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.
USC Olympians Saluted at Coliseum
On Sept. 10 at the USC-Utah football game, fans received an extra treat - an on-field salute to four of the university’s Olympians.
In Memoriam: Clifton O. Dummett, 92
Clifton O. Dummett, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, died on Sept. 7. He was 92.
Dan Siegel Reflects on ‘Mindsight’ at SPPD Event
To be a leader in the world of public policy requires being comfortable with one's self, controlling one's own mental and emotional state, as well as having a keen awareness of what is going on around you and the ability to empathize with others.
Bringing Science to Life
It’s 6 a.m. at Sheridan Street Elementary School and after waving goodbye to their parents, fifth graders Christian Gomez, Sergio Batalla and Delfino Mendez nervously climb into the passenger van that awaits them.
Checcio Charts the Course for USC’s Ambitious Campaign
USC is launching a $6 billion campaign - the most ambitious in the history of higher education - on Sept. 15.
Politics and Philosophy
Last fall, a group of students and faculty adviser Anthony Kammas gathered for meetings in a shady corner of the Carolyn Craig Franklin Garden on the north side of the Doheny Memorial Library.
Trojans Remember 9/11, Pledge Service to Interfaith Education
Hundreds came to Bovard Auditorium in the heart of the USC campus to remember 9/11 on Sunday. But USC president C.L. Max Nikias asked everyone to also honor the spirit of 9/12.
Letter to USC Community
I recently was made aware of an appalling video that was the centerpiece of a Sept. 2 show called The College Experiment that was produced by Fox Sports.
Report Compels NYC to End Bonus Program in Schools
A study led by Julie Marsh, visiting associate professor at the USC Rossier School of Education, assessed the effectiveness of a schoolwide performance bonus program in New York City.
USC Freshman Sets Lofty Goals
Little did freshman Jose Elias know when he left Mexico to attend high school in Arizona that he would end up homeless three months later.
New Book Examines Grassroots Leaders in Higher Education
Leaders exist at all levels, and sometimes the most transformative change happens from the “bottom up,” according to Adrianna Kezar, associate professor at the USC Rossier School of Education.
USC Alumna Selected U.S. Magistrate Judge
USC Gould School of Law clinical professor Jean Rosenbluth ’93 has been named a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California.
Eisenshtat Papers Trace the History of Sinai Temple
During the first weeks of September in 1960, craftsmen and artisans worked around the clock to put the finishing touches on Los Angeles’ Sinai Temple.
Occupational Therapy Welcomes International Students
Every year, the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy admits international graduate students from across the globe.
USC Professor Honored for Artificial Intelligence Research
USC professor Paul Rosenbloom has received the Kurzweil Prize for Best Artificial General Intelligence Idea.
Letter to USC Community
During this past weekend, three serious incidents took place involving members of our community.
USC to Hold 9/11 Remembrance Sunday
The university community will remember the victims of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 in a service at Bovard Auditorium on Sunday at noon.
Maya Angelou to Speak at USC Wednesday
It's a rock, it's a river … it's Maya Angelou! The legendary poet and author will lend her distinctive voice to USC Program Board's Fall Speaker Series on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. in Bovard Auditorium.
Dean Rasmussen to Serve Second Term at USC Gould
Robert K. Rasmussen, dean of the USC Gould School of Law, has accepted a second five-year term in his post offered by USC president C. L. Max Nikias.
USC Cultural Centers Welcome Students
USC cultural centers rolled out the cardinal carpet to welcome students of every color - from black to brown to rainbow.
Brekke Named Fellow of National Society
John Brekke, Frances G. Larson Professor of Social Work Research, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, the first national society honoring excellence in the research and practice of social work.
Student Honored for Dedication to Volunteer Work
USC PharmD student Parth Parikh has won the Pharmacy Times/Wal-Mart RESPy award.
Occupational Therapy Holds First White Coat Ceremony
The Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy hosted its inaugural White Coat Ceremony at the Pappas Quad on USC’s Health Science campus on Aug. 26.
Lethal Hands, Kind Heart
What started as a hobby has garnered a national honor for Carl Collins, a computer operator for Information Technology Service.
Dentistry Students Don Their White Coats
The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC welcomed future dentists and dental hygienists to the profession during the 2011 White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 26 in Bovard Auditorium.
Flynn Appointed to Another Term as Dean
Marilyn Flynn will stay on as dean of the USC School of Social Work for another five-year term, announced Elizabeth Garrett, USC provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
USC Gould Hires First Irmas Clinical Teaching Fellow
The USC Gould School of Law has named Elizabeth Henneke the inaugural Audrey Irmas Clinical Teaching Fellow, a two-year position teaching and supervising cases and projects supporting the legal rights of women and children.
New Tenure Guidelines Recognize Team Research
Significant changes in tenure guidelines, data sharing practices and internal funding promise to cement USC’s commitment to team scholarship.
USC to Launch Largest Fundraising Campaign in Higher Education History
With the goal of advancing its academic vision and priorities, USC on Sept. 15 will announce the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the history of higher education.
In Memoriam: Thomas A. Rhue, 67
Thomas A. (Thom) Rhue M.A. ’68, associate senior vice president for University Advancement, died Aug. 20 at his home in Los Angeles, following an arduous battle with cancer. He was 67.
Giving Back to the Community
Four hundred USC students headed to campus early on the last Saturday before classes, grabbed tools and headed into the community to make a difference. The event was the 16th annual Friends and Neighbors Day sponsored by the university’s Volunteer Center.
New Name for USC Student Health Promotion Office
The Office for Wellness and Health Promotion, formerly Health Promotion and Prevention Services, hopes that its new name will better reflect a collaborative, holistic approach to student health.
USC Norris Center Receives $32.5 Million Core Grant Renewal
The National Cancer Institute has awarded the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center a five-year, $32.5 million core grant renewal.
Professor Measures Creativity, Global Preparedness
USC professor Gisele Ragusa has designed and tested an instrument to measure the creativity and innovative thinking in undergraduate and graduate engineering students.
Alumna Cindy McCain to Join USC Rossier Board
Philanthropist Cindy Hensley McCain '76 MA ’78 will join the USC Rossier School of Education’s Board of Councilors this fall. The 20-member board provides guidance, support and advocacy on behalf of USC Rossier.
What’s Old Is New Again
The newest USC Davis School of Gerontology class came from as near as Orange County and as far as South Korea. Students, faculty, staff and supporters - rookies and veterans alike - united for Orientation.
A Freshman Who Changes Minds and Hearts
Incoming freshman Lauren Pelo wants to change people's hearts - with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator or a septal occluder.
Saks Institute Receives Grant From Baer Foundation
The Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics has been awarded a $225,000 grant from The Sidney R. Baer Jr. Foundation, an organization that funds cutting-edge research and services supporting people with schizophrenia.
In Memoriam: USC President Emeritus John Randolph ‘Jack’ Hubbard, 92
John Randolph “Jack” Hubbard, U.S. ambassador to India from 1988 to 1989 and the eighth president of USC, died Aug. 21 at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., following an extended illness. He was 92.
In Memoriam: Carol Nagy, 72
Carol Nagy, the first female dean of the Division of Social Sciences and Communication at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and a major force in the creation of the university’s Gender Studies Program, has died.
USC Celebrates New Students at Convocation
At USC's New Student Convocation, President C. L. Max Nikias welcomed more than 4,300 incoming freshmen and transfer students to the Trojan Family and encouraged them to become literate in imagination, the world, the arts, the great literary works and ethics.
Cycling Comes First for the Nikiases on Vacation
President C. L. Max Nikias says that when he was selected as USC’s 11th president last spring, several people urged him to balance the grueling pace of the job with regular exercise.
Curran Wins New Scholar Award in Aging
USC Davis School of Gerontology assistant professor Sean Curran has won the New Scholar Award in Aging from the Ellison Medical Foundation.
Three USC Dornsife Professors Named Finalists for Book Awards
Three professors from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences have been named finalists for the 2011 Book Awards presented by the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association.
Politics, Norman Mailer Style
After Ronald Reagan’s victory in the 1966 California gubernatorial election opened doors for celebrities with political aspirations, the late award-winning novelist and essayist Norman Mailer launched his bid to be the 104th mayor of New York City in 1969.
Keck School Grant Funding Increases 43 Percent
Despite a stiff competitive environment for external funding and a slow-to-recover national economy, the amount of Keck School of Medicine of USC research grant funding has had a substantial increase in recent years.
Saltzman to Join Commission on Presidential Scholars
President Barack Obama announced that USC Gould School of Law associate dean Robert M. Saltzman will be appointed to the Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of distinguished citizens charged with selecting and honoring the nation’s top graduating high school seniors.
Conference Supports LGBT Students
The Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention held a conference that focused on improving the social climate for LGBT students at universities across the country.
Social Work Faculty Among Most Cited Authors
A new study has found that researchers at the USC School of Social Work authored some of the profession’s most cited journal articles of the past decade.
Development Leader Joins University Advancement
Chris Yates has been named associate senior vice president for constituent programs at University Advancement.
Tapestry Adds Twist to Ronald Tutor Campus Center
USC's busy master's and Ph.D. students might see something familiar in the new "Head Spin" tapestry hanging in the Graduate Student Lounge at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.
Berney Tapped as Interim Director of Landscape Program
USC School of Architecture assistant professor Rachel Berney has been appointed interim director of the Master of Landscape Architecture program for the 2011-12 academic year.
Social Work Professor Selected for National Post
Marleen Wong has been appointed to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Advisory Council for three years.
Head of Chinese Clearinghouse Visits USC
Six months after helping launch a new clearinghouse for evidence-based practices in China, the USC School of Social Work hosted the project’s director to further strengthen ties between the university and its Chinese partners.
USC Excels in Annual ‘Great Colleges’ Survey
For the fourth year in a row, The Chronicle of Higher Education has included USC in its Honor Roll of "Great Colleges to Work For."
Trojan KidSCamp Expands to Four Weeks
Now in its 46th year, the USC National Youth Sports Program’s Trojan KidSCamp has expanded to four weeks due to popular demand from parents who said three weeks was not enough.
Future Trojan Travels Near and Far to Help Others
Whether visiting an orphanage in Tanzania, counseling children at a Malibu summer camp or lobbying for asbestos awareness in Washington, D.C., Emily Reinstein thrives on helping others.
Center for Urban Education Focuses on Equity
Select faculty, staff and administrators gathered in early June for an opportunity to improve outcomes for underrepresented students of color.
In Memoriam: Tsen-Chung Cheng, 66
Tsen-Chung Cheng, an internationally known authority on power systems who was part of the smart grid research initiative at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, died on July 12 at his home in San Marino. He was 66.
USC Hybrid High Names Founding Principal
Stephanie McClay has been appointed founding principal for USC Hybrid High School, the first charter school launched under a nonprofit charter management organization based at the USC Rossier School of Education.
USC Trustee Benioff Lands Cover of Forbes
USC trustee Marc R. Benioff ’86 was featured on the latest cover of Forbes for his work in leading the world’s most innovative company, beating out Amazon, Google and Apple.
In Memoriam: Gunnar Nielsson, 77
Gunnar Nielsson, retired professor in the School of International Relations at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and expert in European integration, has died. He was 77.
Set a Precedent, Save a Life
The young attorney might have been standing solo before the omnipotent Wizard of Oz. No small and meek here before the great and powerful.
A Trail-Blazing Summer Internship
Two students and two recent graduates of the Environmental Studies Program at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences have started a trail-blazing summer as interns with the Catalina Island Conservancy, where they are spending eight weeks assisting with conservation and education programs.
USC Law School Wins Award From Judicial Council
The USC Gould School of Law has won the 2011 Alternative Dispute Resolution Education Award for its instruction in mediation, negotiation and arbitration.
Dentistry Professor Joins NIH Center for Scientific Review
Anh Le has begun a six-year term of service for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a member of the Oral, Dental and Craniofacial Sciences Study Section within the Center for Scientific Review.
Ronald Tutor Campus Center Wins Council Kudos
Going green has earned the Ronald Tutor Campus Center a gold certification and recognition from the city of Los Angeles.
Raspe Named VP for Real Estate Development
Kristina Raspe ’08 has been appointed vice president for real estate development and asset management.
SummerTIME Program Preps College-bound Students
Oswaldo Reza’s voice cracks as he recounts how his aunt and cousin were gunned down in July on their way to a Mexican medical clinic, victims of the country’s drug-related violence. But the recent Manual Arts High School graduate is determined not to let these events derail his dream of attending College of the Holy Cross this fall.
USC Makes a Game of Getting More Students to College
For many with college aspirations, navigating the dizzying world of applications and financial forms may seem like a maze. So why not turn it into a game?
Education Consultant Carol Fox Named New USC Trustee
Carol Campbell Fox MS ’62, an independent educational consultant and outgoing president of the USC Alumni Association, has been elected to a five-year term on the USC Board of Trustees.
NAI Scholars Bring Pride and Prejudice to Stage
Many say that nothing can repress a teenage spirit bent on expression, especially when given a stage. Recently, a cast and crew of more than 50 high school students took that expression to heart and mounted a full-length production of “Pride and Prejudice” based on Jane Austen’s novel of the same title.
Mellon Mays Program Mentors Minority Students
Exploring topics ranging from the social impact of black stand-up comedy to genocide resistance in Rwanda, seven students will get the opportunity to conduct graduate-level research through the 2011-12 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program.
Tavaré Elected to the Royal Society
Simon Tavaré, holder of the George and Louise Kawamoto Chair in Biological Sciences at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has been named a fellow of the Royal Society.
New Dentistry Grant to Support Future Researchers
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC professor Michael Paine has been selected as one of only four recipients nationwide for a T90 training grant from the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research.
California Census Shows Housing Swap
The latest California census data show the state’s oldest residents fled the housing market in greater numbers between 2000 and 2010 than during the previous two decades, according to a USC analysis.
Ronald Tutor Campus Center Wins Architecture Award
USC's students, faculty and staff aren't the only ones who appreciate the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. A jury of 14 design and building professionals recently granted it a 2011 Los Angeles Architecture Award in the private education category.
Staff and Faculty Have a Ball With Intramural Sports
On a typical Wednesday, members of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering's Office of Master's and Professional Programs finish their day, grab their gloves and become the MAPP Marauders - a force to be reckoned with in Recreational Sports' intramural summer softball league.
SPPD Practicum Pairs Students With Clients
How can an online game educate Californians about carbon emissions? What’s the best way for the California government to prepare for the baby boomer retirement? Can private canine companies provide an effective and reasonably priced screening method to enhance airline security?
USC Band Enjoys a Patriotic Party in Catalina
The USC Trojan Marching Band added some cardinal and gold to red, white and blue at the annual Avalon Independence Day Parade on Catalina Island.
Writing and Redemption
Mark Richard didn’t intend to write his latest book. He originally set out to explore the death of Nat Turner, an early 19th-century slave insurrectionist in Southampton County, Va., where Richard lived as a boy.
USC Dornsife Alum Leads National Security Conference
In a recent conference held at USC, United States Air Force secretary Michael Donley MA ’78 said that today’s military must integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines and called for help from academia.
(Air) Force of Nature
The blindingly shiny floors and fluorescent lights overhead seemed to go on forever in the long walk through the jagged corridors of the Pentagon.
He's Put His Pencils Down
Hudhail Al-Amir often gets stopped in grocery stores, in line at the movies, even on the beach in Hawaii by USC students and alumni who think he looks very familiar.
Future Trojan Shares Her Vision
When incoming freshman Karen Arcos was born premature at 23 weeks, she had some catching up to do.
Where Angel Investors Fear to Tread
The Alfred Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering at USC is breaking ground where venture capital firms in a post-dot-com world shrink back: assisting and even financing inventions at the earliest stages of development.
USC Professor Honored by Physical Therapy Association
USC associate professor Chris Powers has been honored as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow.
Rubén Salazar Archives Placed in USC Libraries
The family of the late journalist Rubén Salazar has donated his archives to the USC Libraries. The collection - a gift from Salazar’s children Lisa Salazar Johnson, Stephanie Salazar Cook and John Salazar - includes personal and professional artifacts that document Salazar’s life from his birth in Mexico to his 1970 death in Los Angeles.
Maceo Named Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing
Brenda Maceo ’86 has been named USC vice president of public relations and marketing, effective Aug. 8.
Mel Baron Recognized for Career Achievement
USC School of Pharmacy associate professor Mel Baron was honored with the American Pharmacists Association Foundation Pinnacle Award for individual career achievement.
Future Trojan Believes in Cost-effective Health Care
Incoming freshman Uriel Kim will begin USC's eight-year Baccalaureate/M.D. program this fall.
In Memoriam: John Hospers, 93
John Hospers, professor emeritus of philosophy at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Libertarian Party’s first presidential nominee, died in Los Angeles on June 12. He was 93.
Orientation Teaches the Traits of a Trojan
What are the five traits of a Trojan? It may sound like a trivia question, but to USC Orientation Programs, it's a campaign to welcome new members of the Trojan Family.
Bridging the Gap Brings Minorities to Keck School
A new effort to attract top minority students to the Keck School of Medicine of USC brought 12 undergraduate students to the Health Sciences campus this summer.
Gallagher to Take Part in First Clinton Global Initiative America
Karen Symms Gallagher, dean of the USC Rossier School of Education, was invited to participate in the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America, the first CGI meeting to focus solely on the United States.
Pillar of Empowerment
In 1968, Mark Ridley-Thomas ’89 PhD was a seventh-grader at George Washington Carver Middle School in southeast Los Angeles. At Victory Baptist Church near his school campus, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. often preached and organized.
Professor to Pursue Research on Maltreated Children
The National Institute of Child Health and Development has awarded USC professor Thomas Lyon a $2 million grant to refine and test the protocol he developed to interview maltreated children about their abuse.
Center for Urban Education Changes University of Wisconsin Transfer Policy
A two-year research project led by the Center for Urban Education has resulted in significant changes to the state’s postsecondary system that should improve the transfer rates for students of color.
Troy Camp Provides 'Nonstop Fun' for Children
Students who want summer camp to last all year are getting their wish through Troy Camp, USC's oldest, most active and most diverse philanthropy organization.
Two Trojans Touted as ‘Rising Stars’
USC assistant professor Mary Helen Immordino-Yang and Thomas Denson ’07 have been lauded by the Association for Psychological Science for exemplary work in psychological research.
SPPD Students Awarded Clinton-Orfalea Fellowships
Helping Americans lead healthier and wealthier lives - that’s how USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development graduates Brooke Lykins and Mary Kuhn plan to spend their upcoming year courtesy of the Clinton-Orfalea Fellowships.
Meyerowitz Joins the Office of the Provost
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences professor Beth Meyerowitz is joining the Office of the Provost as vice provost for faculty and programmatic development.
Keeper of the Wild
Ann Muscat ’83 walks up the sun-dappled path of Catalina Island’s Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden, the sand crunching beneath the heels of her hiking boots.
USC Palliative Care Researcher Wins Award
Susan Enguidanos has received a Junior Faculty Career Development Award from the National Palliative Care Research Center.
Four SPPD Graduates Garner Presidential Management Fellowships
The nation’s biggest employer - the federal government - already has snapped up four members of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development’s Class of 2011.
USC Report Names Top 10 California Charter Schools
A USC report issued to strengthen accountability among California charter schools includes for the first time a list of the state’s top 10 charter campuses. The fifth annual “USC School Performance Dashboard” was released by the Center on Educational Governance at the USC Rossier School of Education.
USC Receives $150 Million Naming Gift From W. M. Keck Foundation
The University of Southern California has received a $150 million naming gift from the W. M. Keck Foundation to accelerate groundbreaking medical, clinical and translational research and education.
Illustrious Alumnus Earns Ph.D. at USC
One of USC’s most accomplished alumni recently added to his academic laurels.
Botox Impairs Ability to Understand Emotions
People injected with Botox may have trouble telling what other people are thinking and feeling, a new USC and Duke study has found.
A Tribute to Words
Noam Chomsky, one of the founders of modern linguistics, recalled when a prominent senior linguist told him flat out in the 1950s that he no longer would conduct analyses but only collect data.
USC Rossier Dean Targets STEM Education
USC Rossier School of Education dean Karen Symms Gallagher was one of a small and elite cross-sector partnership of education and policy leaders at a meeting with U.S. Department of Education secretary Arne Duncan and his team.
Robles Appointed to Commission on Educational Excellence
Darline Robles, professor of clinical education at the USC Rossier School of Education, was sworn in at an official ceremony with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on May 26 as a member of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
A New Generation of Civic Leaders
By day, Salim Patel works as a financial analyst for a large retail clothing company. After hours, he serves as a commissioner on the Board of Education in Passaic, N.J.
New Crop of Fulbright Fellowships
To date, 10 current and recently graduated Trojans have received the Fulbright Fellowship to study, conduct research or teach abroad.
USC Reaches Tentative Contract Agreement With California Nurses
Officials with USC University Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital have reached a tentative contract agreement with the California Nurses Association.
Looking Back With Pride
Now that another school year has ended, Laura Corrales-Diaz Pomatto has much to be proud of.
Applicant Numbers for Fall Released
More than 37,000 accomplished high school seniors from all 50 of the United States and 108 other countries have applied for an estimated 2,650 places in the fall 2011 entering class of USC.
USCNow Brands Online Education
In 1972, USC was a pioneer of distance learning, using microwave technology to beam courses to engineers across Southern California.
Larry Lim Receives Staff Achievement Award
Larry Lim is a teacher, not a locksmith, but there’s no denying that he’s unlocked the worlds of science, math, robotics and technology for thousands of underserved students in the communities surrounding both USC campuses.
L.A. Is ‘Ground Zero’ for Shrinking Child Population
Los Angeles County is now the epicenter of California’s shrinking population of young children as families are driven away by stressful economic conditions, according to a USC analysis of census data.
Student Affairs Rocks Around the Clock
Student Affairs celebrated the 2010-11 academic year with lunch, hula hoops and a juke box at a 1950s-themed end-of-year party. Held in the Grand Ballroom of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, the event also featured an inspirational speech by Michael L. Jackson, vice president for Student Affairs.
Professor Encourages New Teachers to Learn From Veterans
Scholar Susan Moore Johnson advised new teachers at the USC Rossier School of Education’s recent “In Tribute to Teaching” event to choose a job, not just find a job.
USC Gould Recruits Lauded Tax Professor
The USC Gould School of Law has recruited Nancy Staudt, a nationally renowned tax and tax policy scholar at Northwestern University School of Law, to join the faculty this fall.
USC’s Minority Business Center Receives $1.8 Million
In an effort to boost job creation and foster economic growth, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency awarded $1.8 million over five years to the MBDA Business Center at USC.
USC and University Village Host L.A. Redistricting Center
It's never been easier to affect the future of local, state and national politics than it is right now.
Nikias Receives Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
USC president C.L. Max Nikias received the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at the graduation of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Pendakur Wins Dissertation of the Year Award
At the age of 4, Sumun "Sumi" Pendakur played dress up in her father's academic regalia with dreams of someday wearing her own doctoral robe.
Irmas Teaching Fellowship Established at USC Gould
The USC Gould School of Law has received funding to initiate the Audrey Irmas Clinical Teaching Fellowship, which will begin this summer.
Student Awards Have Special Meaning for Nikias
On May 12 in Bovard Auditorium, USC president C. L. Max Nikias began the Student Recognition Awards on a personal note.
A Senator and a Trojan
Dean Heller ’85, a USC Marshall School of Business alum and former U.S. representative from Nevada, became a United States senator on May 9, filling a vacancy caused by the resignation of John E. Ensign.
Wall of Scholars Recognizes Academic Achievements
The names of nearly five dozen exceptional students will be added to the USC Wall of Scholars housed in the Weingart Reading Room of Leavey Library.
Three New Philosophers Join Faculty
USC Dornsife College has recruited leading senior philosophers Ralph Wedgwood and Gabriel Uzquiano-Cruz of the University of Oxford, as well as a promising newcomer, Karen Lewis of Rutgers University.
Trojans at Commencement Urged to Find Their Passion
Microsoft chief executive officer Steven A. Ballmer urged USC graduates to face the world with tenacity and find their passion at USC’s 128th Commencement.
Jubilant Grads, Compelling Tales
Every USC graduate has a story of hurdles overcome and triumphs, small and large. Here are a few of the stories from the Class of 2011.
Moreton Fig Solves the Dining Dilemma
It’s an age-old problem. You come to a nighttime event at USC - to hear a concert or a distinguished lecturer, to see a play or an opera. You put on nice clothes, make plans to meet friends and then, the nagging question arises: Where to dine?
Charles Griffin Cale Director of Athletics’ Chair at USC Endowed
The Charles Griffin Cale Director of Athletics’ Chair at USC has been endowed in perpetuity by Chuck and Jessie Cale.
USC Commencement: By the Numbers
It takes the better part of a year to plan USC’s main commencement celebration and 31 satellite ceremonies.
USC Names Two New Provost Professors
Kate Flint has been named Provost Professor of English and Art History at the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and Lee Epstein has been named Provost Professor of Law and Political Science, with appointments at the USC Gould School of Law and USC Dornsife College.
USC Names Six Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars
The USC Provost's Postdoctoral Scholars Program in the Humanities, established last fall, is designed to foster strength in a broad array of humanities disciplines across the university.
Martin Krieger Shoots Slices of Life in L.A.
Martin Krieger peered at the screen and saw 20 to 30 images of his heart from all different angles. It was three years ago during an echocardiogram.
An Ambassador of Aging
USC Davis School of Gerontology third-year Ph.D. student Jeff Laguna will help represent the university at the 40th annual British Society of Gerontology Conference in July.
Equality On and Off the Field
Michael Messner has spent the last 25 years studying the role gender plays in sports and likewise how sports influence society’s views of gender.
Jordan-Marsh Receives Distinguished Achievement Award
USC School of Social Work associate professor Maryalice Jordan-Marsh has received the 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award.
Music Meshed With Science
Meet this year’s poster child for the joys of intellectual exploration. Samantha Ancona is graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA biological sciences and oboe performance.
Appetite for Life
With a stellar 3.99 GPA and his long list of achievements, mechanical engineering student Craig Western of Peachtree City, Ga., was more than qualified to be chosen as a 2011 salutatorian.
USC Commencement Satellite Ceremonies
Commencement 2011 will offer a range of speakers at satellite ceremonies held by schools and academic units.
Faith Makes All Things Possible
USC Dornsife’s Sarrah Shahawy, president of the USC Student Interfaith Council, is valedictorian for Commencement.
Science + Business = Prize
Jeremy Tanner, a neuroscience major at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has been selected as one of 10 Sample Renaissance Scholar Prize recipients.
Ten Trojans Honored at 78th Annual USC Alumni Awards
The 78th Annual USC Alumni Awards drew a record crowd of nearly 800 Trojans and friends to downtown L.A.’s Westin Bonaventure.
Ph.D. Student Wins International Dental Research Award
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC Ph.D. candidate Marcelo Freire has been awarded the International Association of Dental Research’s 2011 Bernard G. Sarnat Award in Craniofacial Biology.
Dalai Lama Instills Faith in USC Students
After years of reading the enlightening words of His Holiness, Mary Ellen “Jem” Jebbia finally had the opportunity to listen to the powerful words spoken by the Dalai Lama.
Dalai Lama of Tibet Speaks at USC for First Time
Happiness - the basic human goal - depends upon good ethical conduct, regardless of one’s religious beliefs, said the 14th Dalai Lama during his first visit to USC.
USC Philosophy Professor Earns Fellowship
From the possibility of time travel to the theory of knowledge, USC philosophy professor James Van Cleve has devoted his more than 30-year career to exploring the most puzzling questions of the universe.
Festival of Books a Success
At the opening of the 16th Festival of Books on the University Park campus this past weekend, USC president C. L. Max Nikias and Los Angeles Times publisher Eddy Hartenstein said it was fitting that the two institutions had joined forces for the sprawling, well-loved event.
SPPD Students Put Theory Into Practice
The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development (SPPD) gave new meaning to the words “travel planning” during the recent international planning studios in India and Argentina.
Politics, Punk Rock and The Lie
The 16th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books took place at USC with readers of all ages meandering around University Park campus learning about children’s literature from Hugo and the Really, Really, Really Long String to more adult faire like Hot X: Algebra Exposed.
Drumming Up Winners
It was the sound of women’s hands pounding on makeshift drums - pum-pum-pum-pum - from overturned washing basins that first caught Jordan Vieira’s attention.
What’s Hot in Aging Research at USC?
USC’s academic all-stars in the field of aging research united April 20 to pool their collective intelligence for a day of panels and poster sessions.
Summer Reading List From President Nikias
Dear USC Students: As we welcome the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to our University Park campus this weekend, I want to encourage you to be an active participant in the weekend’s activities.
Higginbotham Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
James Higginbotham, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the world’s most prestigious honorary societies.
Mellon Mentoring Awards Given to Faculty
One school and 23 individual faculty members received USC Mellon Mentoring Awards at an April 19 ceremony that highlighted the awardees’ thoughts on the idea of mentoring.
Taking Action in California’s Future
Want to do something positive for California?
Henke Named President of California Council on Gerontology
The California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics has announced that longtime board member and USC Davis School of Gerontology assistant dean Maria Henke will become its new president.
USC Rossier Ed.D. Summit to Feature Graduate Research
The USC Rossier School of Education will host the first Ed. D. Research Summit on May 7 to showcase the doctoral research that addresses the challenges and innovative solutions relevant to issues in education.
USC Invests in Biomedical Engineering Innovations
The USC Viterbi School of Engineering, the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation and the Los Angeles Basin Clinical Translational Science Institute have been selected to participate in the exclusive Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program.
The Book Is Not Dead
Despite hectic lives and competition from other forms of media, Californians are voracious readers and steadfast book lovers, according to results from the latest USC Dornsife College/Los Angeles Times Poll.
Aging Before Birth and Beyond
The USC Davis School of Gerontology’s first-year assistant professor Cleopatra Abdou continues to impress colleagues and students both on campus and on a global stage.
Mork Family Gives Historic Gift of $110 Million to Undergraduate Scholarships
USC has received $110 million - the single largest gift in the university’s history for undergraduate scholarships and one of only seven gifts to USC of $100 million or more - from USC supporters Julie and John Mork.
Students Explore Careers Through Externship Program
Instead of working on their tans, 79 students from the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development (SPPD) spent spring break working with government agencies, nonprofits or consulting firms through the school’s Externship Program.
Music Student Hits All the Right Notes
The works of Lewis Carroll have inspired generations of writers, artists and musicians. Walt Disney, Tom Petty, Jim Henson, Grace Slick, Clive Barker, Dave Fleischer and the Beatles are among the many who have reinterpreted Carroll’s work.
Lord and Lady Eatwell to Join USC Faculty
Lord John Eatwell, a well-known British economist, member of the House of Lords and president of Queens’ College, Cambridge, and Lady Eatwell (known professionally as Suzi Digby), an acclaimed choral conductor and recipient of the Order of the British Empire for services to music education, have been appointed to the USC faculty for the fall semester.
USC Annenberg Panel Tackles Pro Football’s Challenges
A panel composed of a "super agent" and current and former professional football stars discussed challenges facing the National Football League and its players in front of a capacity crowd at the USC Annenberg Institute of Sports, Media & Society's second speaker series event on April 7.
USC Dental Hygiene Student Is Elected Delegate
A USC dentistry student will be representing peers throughout California and Arizona as the new District XI student delegate for the American Dental Hygiene Association.
Innovation Celebrated at USC’s TEDx Event
What do you get when you mix 1,200 curious audience members, 18 insightful orators, a poet, a DJ, a rock band and a circus? You get the explosion of sight, sound and thought that is TEDxUSC.
Equity Initiative Making Progress
A multidisciplinary group at Los Medanos College is involved in a comprehensive equity initiative expected to improve retention and transfer rates for students of color attending the East Bay campus about 40 miles northeast of San Francisco.
From East L.A. to D.C.
Judy Muro didn’t think that helping some children at the YMCA would lead to something as big as a trip to the White House - but it did.
As Commencement Nears, USC Celebrates Success of Online MAT@USC Program
Enrollment in the online offspring of the USC Master of Arts in Teaching - MAT@USC - has jumped more than tenfold since it kicked off two years ago.
To PROTECT and Serve
What began as a way to randomize airport security police patrol routines while simultaneously maintaining the same level of protection at Los Angeles International Airport has now moved on to encompass ocean protection.
Aesthetic Packaging
Good-looking packaging design - such as the curvy Coca-Cola bottles or the Altoids mints tins - significantly increases the likelihood that a consumer will choose the product even if it is more expensive and an unfamiliar brand, a USC study has found.
METRANS Named Transportation Organization of the Year
The METRANS Transportation Center has been named Organization of the Year by the California Transportation Foundation, a leading nonprofit providing support for the transportation community statewide.
A Presidential Tour
Nine cities. Three months. More than 4,000 members of the Trojan Family.
Students Finish What They Start
Andrew Gibbs wanted to go to USC since he was a kid - and he's been working toward a scholarship since he was in sixth grade.
From Finals to Funding
A grant-writing final exam for USC Davis School of Gerontology professor Ed Schneider’s class earned Seattle-based, online master’s student Barbara Thomas more than an A - she received actual funding.
Book Drive to Benefit USC Family of Schools
The Trojan Family has another opportunity to support neighborhood schools and the environment by donating books during a USC book drive in conjunction with the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
USC Professor Wins Two National Debate Awards
USC Trojan Debate Squad director and clinical assistant professor of communication Gordon Stables received both the Cross Examination Debate Association’s Brownlee Award and the National Debate Tournament’s George Ziegelmueller Award.
USC Hosts Young Writers Conference
The USC Young Writers Conference will offer writing workshops and a speaker series to 45 high school students from the neighborhoods surrounding the University Park campus.
USC Sets Commencement Speaker, Honorary Degree Recipients
USC’s 128th Commencement on May 13 will feature an address by Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp. It will be the first Commencement presided over by USC president C. L. Max Nikias.
In Memoriam: Sidney Harman, 92
Sidney Harman, philanthropist, audio pioneer, husband of former Democratic congresswoman Jane Harman and business tycoon who purchased Newsweek from The Washington Post Co. last year, died in Washington, D.C., on April 12 of complications from leukemia.
President Nikias Wraps Up Trojan Family Reception Tour
USC president C. L. Max Nikias and first lady Niki C. Nikias will conclude their special Trojan Family Reception tour with stops in Washington, D.C., New York City and Chicago April 13-15.
Sleeping Problems Linked to Child Abuse
Being abused as a child can have physical and emotional impact decades later, a new study by USC doctoral student Cecilia Y. M. Poon and USC professor Bob G. Knight found.
Students Launch ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Website
The Military Acceptance Project, a new organization created by a team of graduate students at the USC School of Social Work, has launched a website.
Washington Post Correspondent to Speak at USC
Rebecca Hamilton, special correspondent on Sudan for The Washington Post, will speak at USC about her new book.
Occupational Therapy Students Show Pride for Profession
The American Occupational Therapy Association designates April as Occupational Therapy Month.
Student Athletes Tour Fisher Museum Exhibition
From the day Pat Haden accepted the job as USC’s athletic director last summer, he has talked about creating well-rounded student athletes who experience all that the university has to offer.
Sayles to Succeed Harris in University Relations
Martha Harris, USC’s senior vice president for University Relations, is retiring on June 30 after 32 years at the university, during which she has served four presidents. USC president C. L. Max Nikias shared the news in a letter to faculty and staff, where he also announced the promotion of Tom Sayles to the position Harris held, effective July 1.
Top Scholars Discuss Law and Memory at USC Conference
Some of the nation’s leading legal and humanities scholars recently met at USC to explore how law and memory deepen our understanding of the past as well as help us look to the future.
Skirball Center Founder Among Award Winners
The California Social Welfare Archives hosted its annual awards luncheon at the Galen Center to honor founding president and chief executive officer of the Skirball Cultural Center Uri D. Herscher.
The Role of Play and Games in Learning
The power of games and play to facilitate deep and meaningful learning has been largely untapped by colleges and universities.
Convocation Honors Students, Faculty and Administrators
The 30th annual USC Academic Honors Convocation was held on April 6 at Town & Gown. Students, faculty members and administrators were honored for a wide range of intellectual and leadership achievements, including the university's first Churchill Scholar.
Freeway Air Damages Brains of Mice
If mice commuted, their brains might find it progressively harder to navigate the maze of Los Angeles freeways.
Wilson Accepts New Term as USC Annenberg Dean
Ernest J. Wilson III has accepted another five-year term as dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
Book Helps Youth Leaving Foster Care
Each year more than 25,000 youth age out of the American foster care system to face uncertain futures as young adults.
USC Rossier to Evaluate Two Signature Programs
The USC Rossier School of Education has contracted with the national research firm WestEd to conduct evaluations of two of the school’s most prominent academic programs.
USC Opens New York City Office
USC has opened a regional office in New York City and hired Maria Watson as executive director to oversee the team of three who will work there.
Great Recession Did Not Cause Surge in Poverty
Even as housing prices plummeted and unemployment rates hit double digits, the so-called Great Recession did not correspond to a surge of Americans in poverty, according to a new USC study.
USC Breaks Ground for Student Health Center
Under a shower of cardinal and gold confetti, Michele Dedeaux Engemann pumped her spirited fingers to the beat of the Trojan Marching Band as she helped break ground April 4 on USC’s new student health center.
Foursquare Campaign Set for Graduating Seniors
Seniors: Where on campus do you want to visit before you graduate? Now is your chance to check out USC’s campus and win prizes along the way with the university’s senior discovery initiative on Foursquare, a social media platform based on the geo-location of its users.
USC Rossier to Host Literacy Panel at Festival of Books
Education research shows that beginning reading at an early age and extending it into adulthood is directly linked to higher levels of academic and professional achievement.
School of Social Work Honors Trio for Humanitarian Efforts
The USC School of Social Work honored actor Gary Sinise for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of the U.S. military, scholar Fred H. Wulczyn for his commitment to the profession of social work and Stephen Peck MSW ’97 for his dedication to veterans’ causes at the school’s scholarship gala, “A Celebration of the Heart,” on April 2 at Town & Gown.
Development Leader Rejoins USC
William (Bill) Watson has been named vice president for Health Sciences campus development at USC.
Occupational Therapy Students and Faculty Share Research
USC Occupational Therapy’s chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon sponsored the Occupational Therapy Research Day on March 28 to showcase current research being conducted in the division.
School of Pharmacy Wins Awards at National Meeting
For the USC School of Pharmacy, a March visit to the rainy city of Seattle was anything but wet and dreary.
An Accolade That Makes History
The graduate program in history at the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences was ranked among the top 20 best graduate history programs in the United States by, an independent, online resource.
Yortsos Elected to Council’s Executive Board
Yannis C. Yortsos, dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, has been elected by his peers to serve on the executive board of the Engineering Deans Council.
One for the Books
USC School of Pharmacy associate professor Mel Baron, who has a long-standing commitment to increasing literacy and education in the community, recently made a contribution that hit close to home.
USC Freshman Visits Campus for First Time Since Accident
USC freshman Jackson Roddy was given several choices for the trip of a lifetime by his parents Jim and Carol Roddy.
USC Receives $15 Million Naming Gift
The University of Southern California has received $15 million from longtime supporters Roger and Michele Dedeaux Engemann. Michele is a trustee and alumna of the university, and she and Roger are USC parents.
20th Century Fox Dedicates Campus Soundstage
On March 30, 20th Century Fox added its name to the list of iconic institutions and artists affiliated with the USC School of Cinematic Arts at the dedication of the 20th Century Fox Soundstage.
Ronald Tutor Campus Center Wins Design Award
In some cases, it's OK to judge based on appearances.
SPPD Ushers in New Era in Undergraduate Education
The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development (SPPD) has hit the refresh button with its new Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning, and Development, which will replace the Bachelor of Science in Public Policy, Management and Planning.
Weaving a Portrait of the University
When USC President Emeritus Steven B. Sample once was asked if he recognized his likeness in artist John Nava's "The Trojan Family Tapestry," he replied, "I recognize the university."
USC’s Remarkable Women Take a Bow
Each March, 12 Trojan women who have made a significant impact on campus life accept accolades at the Remarkable Women Awards, hosted by the Office of Campus Activities and the Women's Student Assembly.
Do Children Benefit From Full Day of Kindergarten?
A longer kindergarten day offers few educational benefits for most students learning English as a second language, a new USC study shows, despite a broad national push toward an extended day to help at-risk children.
Tutor Campus Center Ambassadors Lead the Way
Although visitors to the Ronald Tutor Campus Center can't miss John Nava's impressive tapestry or the bustling Trojan Family Room, they might not know what's hidden through the building's arches and doorways.
USC Hosts First West Coast Alumni Career Fair
As part of its ongoing efforts to address alumni career needs, the USC Career Planning & Placement Center partnered with the USC Alumni Association and to sponsor the first West Coast multi-school alumni career fair on March 18.
Capacity Crowd Gathers at USC Women’s Conference
On March 11, three days after women around the world marked the centenary of International Women’s Day, nearly 700 USC alumnae and friends gathered on the University Park campus to “express, encourage and inspire” at the third annual USC Women’s Conference.
Dana and David Dornsife Honored for Their Gift
USC president C. L. Max Nikias on Wednesday held up two engraved, long golden chains - an honor presented to only one other person in USC’s 131-year-history.
New Development Operations Leader Joins University Advancement
Tracey L. Vranich has joined USC’s advancement division as associate senior vice president for development operations.
James Paul Gee to Deliver Pullias Lecture
The 33rd Pullias Lecture, the oldest endowed lecture series on higher education in the country, is taking a detour from its traditional course of lectures by university presidents and institutional leaders.
Yang Chai Named a Distinguished Scientist
The International Association for Dental Research recognized Yang Chai on March 16 as the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Scientist Award for Craniofacial Biology Research.
USC Report Examines Future Demand for Educated Workforce
California must turn to nonprofit and for-profit private colleges and universities to meet the future demand for a more educated workforce, a new USC report urges.
USC Appoints Its First Chief Investment Officer
Lisa Mazzocco has been appointed USC’s first chief investment officer, effective April 18.
A New Campus Clubhouse
Situated between Town & Gown and Popovich Hall, the University Club has been a steady presence in its mid-century modern facility for the last 50 years.
A Golden Jubilee to Remember
Redefining the phrase “ladies who lunch,” members of the Trojan Guild of Los Angeles recently convened for charity and reminiscing in downtown Los Angeles’ California Club to commemorate 50 years of service to USC.
Traveler: The Half-Century Trojan
Traveler, the stunning white horse that runs the sidelines at all Trojan football home games, is more than a tradition.
Letter From USC President About Japan
The USC community wishes to express its deep concern and sympathy for those affected by the tragic events in Japan.
USC Architecture Students Have Designs on Facebook
Facebook recently sent a friend request to the City of Menlo Park - eight students from the USC School of Architecture helped deliver the message.
SPPD Ph.D. Student Wins Best Paper Award
Pengyu Zhu, a Ph.D. student at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, was awarded the Western Regional Science Association’s 2011 Charles M. Tiebout Prize for the best paper submitted by a graduate student.
Thermal Sensor Detects Danger Spots
A new study published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering shows that a sensor deployed by an angiogram catheter can detect the earliest stages of atherosclerosis in the blood vessels of rabbits fed a high-fat diet.
USC Delegation Meets With Congressional Leaders
A delegation of USC administrators and trustees led by President C. L. Max Nikias met with congressional leaders March 15 to discuss the importance of federal research funding in education, innovation and job creation.
Light Rail Track Testing
The Expo Line light rail won’t begin service until the fall, but the track likely will be sporting some vehicles by the end of March. So the message is safety first.
Discovering Their Voices
Writing reports on Charles Dickens’ novels, analyzing the theme of 1984 or ascertaining William Shakespeare’s iambic pentameter are assignments high school students have come to expect in English classes.
Astor Wins Award for School Violence Research
The Society for Social Work and Research gave its 2011 Excellence in Research Award to USC School of Social Work professor Ron Astor for his study on school violence in Israel schools.
Kids’ Day Encourages Good Choices
The USC School of Pharmacy hosted children from El Cerrito Middle School on March 4 as part of the 14th annual Kids’ Day held on the Health Sciences campus.
Valter Longo Receives $11.5 Million NIH Award
USC Davis School of Gerontology cell biologist Valter Longo received an $11.5 million award from the National Institute of Health for a research program focusing on dietary restriction and mechanisms of differential cellular protection.
SPPD Celebrates $1 Million Fundraising Milestone
The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development celebrated the completion of a $1 million fundraising campaign to establish the Chester A. Newland Professorship at a gala held at the university’s State Capital Center in Sacramento.
Grant to Help Northeast L.A. Communities
Third-year doctoral student George Villanueva oversaw the Metamorphosis Project's acquisition of a $380,000 grant to help plan sustainable communities in northeast Los Angeles.
Poster Collection Gives ‘The Duke’ Top Billing
While at USC, Marion Morrison was known as a dedicated pre-law student and a 6-foot-4 inch offensive lineman whose football career was cut short by a bodysurfing injury.
USC Receives Largest Single Gift in Its History
USC has received $200 million - the largest single gift in its history - from longtime supporters and international philanthropists Dana and David Dornsife.
Charter School to Link With USC Rossier
A high school unlike any other is coming to Los Angeles in the fall of 2012 and is designed for local students who are most at risk for dropping out.
USC Gould Alum Shares His Success Story
John Molina ’89, chief financial officer of Molina Healthcare, has followed one guiding principle throughout his career: “Do well by doing good.”
Matching Wits on the Chess Board
On a recent Sunday, Danyul Lawrence spent 11 hours focusing intently on a chess board.
Bound for Success
The only person with Los Angeles native Maria Garcia when she left for college 10 years ago was a trusted USC counselor.
MAT@USC Wins 2011 Innovation Award
MAT@USC, the USC Rossier School of Education’s online master of arts in teaching program, was honored with a 2011 International Award for Innovative Practices in Higher Education in Washington, D.C., for melding new technologies with hands-on classroom teaching experience.
USC Rossier Professor to Lead Research Organization
USC University Professor William G. Tierney has been elected to serve as 2012-13 president of the American Educational Research Association.
A Leader With His Eyes on the Future
Adam Bush, a USC College doctoral candidate in American studies and ethnicity, has been recognized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities with the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award.
Initiative Aims to Create Pacific Islander Community
“What is it like to be you on this campus?”
USC Viterbi Senior Named a Luce Scholar
USC Viterbi School of Engineering senior Craig Western is one of 18 students nationwide selected to participate in the highly competitive Luce Scholars program.
USC’s Game Design Program Earns Top Ranking
For the second year in a row, GamePro magazine and The Princeton Review have designated USC as the school with the top game design program in North America.
USC Forges Bonds With India
A USC leadership delegation led by president C. L. Max Nikias, first lady Niki Nikias, Board of Trustees chairman Edward P. Roski, Jr. and Gayle Garner Roski traveled across India Feb. 20-27.
Which PTSD Symptoms Do the Most Damage?
In the case of post-traumatic stress disorder, not all symptoms are created equal.
A Funny Thing Happened to a Comedy Duo
Hunter Freberg ’67 has loved her husband since she was 4 years old. But back then, she only knew Stan Freberg as the voice of her favorite television show puppet.
USC Economist: California Superstorm Would be Costliest U.S. Disaster
A hurricane-like superstorm expected to hit California once every 200 years would cause devastation to the state’s businesses unheard of even in the Great Recession, a USC economist warns.
Dowd Moderates Congressional Briefing in D.C.
Alicia C. Dowd moderated a Congressional briefing focusing on the findings and recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences.
USC Seeks Input on Strategic Plan
As the strategic planning process enters a critical phase, the university is seeking input from all its members - students, staff, faculty and alumni - to answer a fundamental question: What is the way forward for USC?
USC Hosts NAE Meeting on Megacities
Engineering and managing large urban centers was the focus of the National Academy of Engineering’s 2011 national meeting hosted by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
Aranda Elected to Institute of Medicine Committee
The Institute of Medicine has appointed Maria Aranda, an associate professor at the USC School of Social Work, to its Committee on the Mental Health Workforce for Geriatric Populations.
Starstruck Author to Speak at 2011 Literary Luncheon
Elizabeth Currid-Halkett will present her latest book, Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity, at the 2011 Literary Luncheon hosted by the Friends of the USC Libraries in Doheny Memorial Library.
The Power of Change
When Divinity Matovu ’08 chose Kenya as her study abroad destination during her senior year in USC College, she had no idea that this one decision dramatically would alter countless lives in addition to her own.
USC Sets Strict Policy on Student-Athletes and Agents
The university on Feb. 14 released a sweeping policy that requires faculty members, staff, students and third parties to disclose any actions that threaten an athlete’s NCAA eligibility.
Record-breaking Year for Good Neighbors Campaign
A record-number of USC staff and faculty donated more money than years past to ring up the most successful Good Neighbors Campaign to date.
Social Work Celebrates Freedom Riders
It was 1961 when a courageous band of activists challenged segregation laws in the South, forever transforming the civil rights movement.
Professor Targets Shortcomings of Patriot Act
Nearly a decade after the Patriot Act was signed into law in response to the terrorist acts of Sept. 11, 2001, researchers have noted its detrimental impact on academic freedom and civil rights for Muslim students and scholars in the United States.
USC Will Broadcast Cricket World Cup
The Cricket World Cup will be shown this month on three LCD televisions and one giant projector screen at Tommy's Place.
More Chances to be Good Friends and Neighbors
Students wanting to volunteer in the community surrounding University Park campus have more opportunities to do so.
Picture Your Relationship to the Boss
Who do you look at in a group photo? If you’re like most adults, you’ll look at yourself first - unless your boss also is in the picture.
USC President Visits Health Sciences Campus
In his inaugural annual faculty address on the Health Sciences campus Feb. 9, USC President C. L. Max Nikias affirmed that faculty members are the foundation of all academic excellence and the cornerstone of the university’s aspirations.
NIH-Funded Study Widens Recovery Window From Brain Injury
In the largest stroke rehabilitation study ever conducted in the United States, stroke patients who had physical therapy at home improved their ability to walk just as well as those who were treated in a training program that requires the use of a body-weight supported treadmill device followed by walking practice.
California Pharmacists Association Honors Dean Vanderveen
USC School of Pharmacy dean R. Pete Vanderveen received the 2011 Bowl of Hygeia at the California Pharmacists Association annual meeting awards ceremony on Feb. 11 in Palm Springs.
USC Center to Mark 10 Years of Law and History
In honor of 10 years of scholarship, USC’s Center for Law, History and Culture will host a special “Tenth Anniversary Conference on Law and Memory” Feb. 25-26.
A Break in Belize
For the first time, the USC Volunteer Center offered students the opportunity to travel to Ladyville, Belize, through the Alternative Winter Break program, and 19 students jumped at the chance.
USC Communicators Win Seven CASE Awards
University Publications, a department of USC Student Affairs, and the USC College Office of Communication won a total of seven regional awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Kathryn Johncox Sets Her Sights on Finish Line
At the start of her training with the USC Marathon Team in October, Kathryn Johncox was a novice runner who could run two miles at best.
SPPD Students Learn by Giving
Students at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development chose seven nonprofit organizations to give a total of $10,000 as part of the Learning by Giving program sponsored by the Sunshine Lady Foundation.
Reagan Centennial Academic Symposium Recap
Ronald Reagan's life, leadership and legacy were analyzed at USC by former members of the Reagan administration, journalists who covered the Reagan era, political scholars and historians. CEO Benioff Elected to USC Board of Trustees
Marc R. Benioff ’86, chairman and chief executive officer of, has been elected to the USC Board of Trustees.
Creating His Own Path
It’s Monday at 6 a.m. and Arin Ghosh’s phone is already ringing. After all, while the day is just beginning in Los Angeles, for his business contacts in New Delhi, it’s 7:30 p.m., and they are eager for updates.
USC Hosts Annual MLK Breakfast
As in years past, a breakfast at the Galen Center held Jan. 28 honored Martin Luther King Jr.
SPPD Reaches Fundraising Goal for Newland Professorship
The USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development reached its $1 million fundraising goal to establish a professorship honoring Chester A. Newland, the Duggan Distinguished Professor of Public Administration.
Career Fest Teaches Students Value of Success
At USC's Career Fest 2011, five days of panels, workshops and presentations held Jan. 31 through Feb. 4 exposed students to both the practical and philosophical sides of choosing a job.
In Memoriam: Jean-Roger Vergnaud, 65
Jean-Roger Vergnaud, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities, professor of linguistics and a major contributor to generative grammar, has died. He was 65.
Sarah Shourd Fights for Freedom of Loved Ones
Sarah Shourd, who was captured and imprisoned in Iran for 410 days while hiking in the Kurdistan region, recently spoke at USC about the quest to free fellow American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal.
USC Viterbi Professor Receives Presidential Mentoring Award
USC Viterbi School of Engineering professor Maja J. Matarić was among the scholars who received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring at a White House ceremony Jan. 27.
USC Prepares for Festival of Books
Ambitious - the fifth quality of the ideal Trojan - pretty well describes USC president C. L. Max Nikias’ decision to bring the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to USC this spring.
A Passion for Fashion
Brainy and beautiful, Mandana Dayani ’03, JD ’07 could pass for a fashion model.
Supreme Court Justice Visits USC
On Jan. 31, USC hosted United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.
President Nikias Speaks to Students
President C. L. Max Nikias celebrated the USC community and invited students to celebrate the richness and diversity of Los Angeles in a speech at Bovard Auditorium Feb. 1.
USC Annenberg Students Hit the Jackpot
When Jacki Wells Cisneros ’95 and her husband, Gilbert Cisneros, won the Mega Millions lottery in 2010, they vowed to give back to their church and alma maters.
LGBT Resource Center Receives $1,000 Grant
Talk may be cheap, but mentoring programs are not.
New Appointments for Five Trojans
USC President C. L. Max Nikias has appointed three new University Professors, Antonio Damasio, Hanna Damasio and Steven B. Sample, and two new Distinguished Professors, Scott Soames and Arieh Warshel.

Empowering the Community
More than 1,200 residents gave up a part of their weekend to participate in the democratic process at the 19th Annual Empowerment Congress Summit hosted by USC.
College Admissions Officers Make a Case for Change
Each year, hundreds of thousands of high school students load their schedules with college prep classes.
Nominations Sought for Mellon Awards
Nominations for the 2011 USC-Mellon Mentoring Awards will be accepted through Feb. 25.
President Nikias to Address Students
President C. L. Max Nikias will address the USC student body in Bovard Auditorium at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
USC Viterbi Professor Receives Presidential Mentoring Award
USC Viterbi School of Engineering professor Maja J. Matarić was among the scholars who received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring at a White House ceremony.
USC Team Takes It to the (Food) Bank
A national enterprise we all take for granted - food banks - is getting a lot of attention these days, as a record recession straps home grocery budgets and the numbers of low-income families increase.
Father James Heft Receives Leadership Award
Father James Heft, the Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion and president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC, received the IAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence.
Four Eloquent Evenings
Even Carl Sandburg admitted, “I've written some poetry I don't understand myself.”
USC Security to Jump Vermont
If eyes on the street deter crime, the USC neighborhood west of Vermont Avenue is about to become a lot less friendly to criminals.
Steve Poizner Joins Two USC Boards
Steve Poizner, a successful technology entrepreneur who recently finished a four-year term as state insurance commissioner of California, has joined the boards of councilors of two schools at USC.
U.S.-Canadian Forces Team Up to Help War Veterans
Lt. Col. Stéphane Grenier and other veterans relayed their war stories Jan. 18 at “Wounded Warriors: Healing the Mind, Body and Soul.”
Pharmacy Professor Tapped by National Society
USC School of Pharmacy associate professor Annie Wong-Beringer is one of only two pharmacists who earned the distinction of fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in 2010.
A Trojan Who’s Jittery - in a Good Way
To the perceptive palate, a great cup of coffee can be as complex as a fine glass of red wine. But not all coffee is caffeinated nirvana.
USC and Reagan Foundation to Host Academic Symposium
Feb. 6, 2011 would have been former President and California Gov. Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday — an occasion prompting many events and tributes across the nation and around the world.
A Crossing Guard Lives the Golden Rule
Sherrie Coleman’s official job is to shepherd grade school students across the multiple lanes of Exposition Boulevard on school mornings for the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Transportation.
USC College Offers New Pre-Law Major
As the USC Trojans prepared to play the California Bears at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last fall, there was another showdown on campus: Weston Rowland versus Ronald Dworkin.
Pharmacy Students Win Service Award
The USC School of Pharmacy again has been recognized for its dedication to community outreach.
Consortium Develops Models for the Care of Military Families
The USC School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families co-hosted a consortium with the Army Behavioral Health Division's Marriage and Family Therapy Program to develop a model for training mental health professionals treating military personnel and their families.
First USC Student to Receive Churchill Scholarship
Daniel J. Strouse, one of 14 students from U.S. universities chosen to receive the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, is the first at USC.
Detainees Focus of USC Gould Event Jan. 27
Sarah Shourd, who was captured and imprisoned in Iran for 410 days after straying across the border while hiking, will be on the University Park campus Thursday with the families of fellow American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal.
Architect Frank Gehry Named Judge Widney Professor
Frank Gehry, who is among the world’s most prominent and innovative architects, has been named the Judge Widney Professor of Architecture by USC President C. L. Max Nikias.
Business Expo to be Held Jan. 27 at USC
Business Diversity Expo 2011, an opportunity for diverse and small local businesses to connect with USC staff, faculty and students, will be held Jan. 27.
Play 21 on the 21st
Great prizes will be up for bids at the USC Gould School of Law’s annual Public Interest Law Foundation auction.
Reading, Writing and Gardening
Anne McKnight’s class of 25 students took the idea of farm-to-table cuisine literally when they prepared lunch to mark the end of the fall semester.
Officials Attend McKay Center Groundbreaking
In front of a festive crowd of more than 400 people, USC officially broke ground today on the new John McKay Center.
Elizabeth Garrett Formally Installed as USC Provost
Elizabeth Garrett formally was installed as USC provost Jan. 11 at a Town & Gown ceremony attended by friends, family and colleagues.
Rare Aphrodite Sculpture in Tutor Campus Center
What does the Ronald Tutor Campus Center have in common with the Musée du Louvre? More than you might think.
Nobel Laureate Appointed Presidential Professor
Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel McFadden has been appointed the Presidential Professor of Health Economics at USC by President C. L. Max Nikias.
How Do Data Exclusivity Periods Affect Pharmaceutical Innovation?
Pharmaceutical companies and generic drug manufacturers have long been at odds over regulations about data exclusivity, the period of time before generic manufacturers can make use of valuable clinical trial data.
USC Community Work Honored by Carnegie Foundation
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected USC for its 2010 community engagement classification.
SPPD to Offer Online MPA Degree
Beginning this fall, one of the top five master of public administration degree programs in the nation will be offered remotely.
USC Names First Coach of Women’s Lacrosse
Lindsey Munday, an All-World member of the U.S. lacrosse women’s national team who helped lead Northwestern to five NCAA championships as a player and assistant coach, has been named the head coach of the new USC women’s lacrosse team.
Double the Education
Wearing white cowgirl boots, Cynthia and Jazmin Vidana skipped into kindergarten in red cotton dresses trimmed with lace. Petite, they had the same slightly crooked smile, doe eyes framed with bangs and flowing russet tresses.
LGBT Students Learn That It Gets Better
Forty-eight faculty and staff members, alumni and students put their thoughts on gay students finding acceptance at USC on film, creating a video in November as part of the national “It Gets Better” campaign.
High-Flying Project Gets Off the Ground
Southern California, a place of sunbeams, major motion picture companies, pricey real estate, Disneyland - and the aerospace industry.
A New Way to Fight Gangs With Jobs
Armed with a plan of action and a stack of job applications, Caitlin Smith enters the Los Angeles home of 19-year-old gang member Edgar*.
Demo Day Showers Attention on New Games
More than 70 game industry representatives joined a crowd of 200 students, faculty members and spectators in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Dec. 14 for the 11th semiannual GamePipe Laboratory Demo Day.
Pharmacy Students Step in to Grant a Patient’s Wish
Fourteen-year-old Carlos has been in and out of the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center all year.
Lighting the Way
At first glance, the project almost looks like a small-scale playground. One of the structures resembles a jungle gym. The other looks like a cross between an igloo and an inflatable jumper.
Foreign Lawyers Gain Advantage by Attending USC
Each year about 120 students from the world over leave their home countries to study law at USC.
Winter Break Project Updates
USC Transportation has announced three projects to take place during the winter break.
Two Power Outages Scheduled at USC
USC’s Facilities Management Services will do maintenance work on the power grid resulting in upcoming outages scheduled in December and January on the University Park campus.
A Starr-Studded Affair
USC College historian Kevin Starr was among the legends inducted into the 2010 California Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Sacramento Dec. 14.
USC’s Professional Clothing Drive Ends Friday
One hundred job seekers benefited last year from USC’s first Professional Clothing Drive. Fifty of them found a job during the toughest economy in decades.
Teachable Moments
So the United States government wants to read your private e-mails and texts. Not too hypothetical after the Patriot Act was signed into law in 2001, easing restrictions on intelligence gathering within the U.S.
USC Vocalists Make the Finals on NBC's Sing-Off
A cappella has proven to be more than an extracurricular activity for the group of USC students and young alumni performing on NBC's five-episode special The Sing-Off.
Over Long Haul, Money Doesn’t Buy Happiness
A new collaborative paper by economist and University Professor Richard Easterlin offers the broadest range of evidence to date demonstrating that a higher rate of economic growth does not result in a greater increase of happiness.
Katzenberg Honored by Shoah Foundation institute
Stars and supporters of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute came together Dec. 9 in Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre to honor American film producer, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, philanthropist and humanitarian Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Puliafito Reappointed to CIRM Governing Board
Keck School of Medicine of USC Dean Carmen A. Puliafito has been reappointed to the Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee, a governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
USC Gives Peace a Chance
On a recent Saturday afternoon at the United University Church on USC's University Park campus, a child asked a group of freshmen how to stay focused despite gangs and drugs at his middle school.
Alums Admit State Bar's New Members
USC Gould School of Law graduates completed the final rite of passage to enter the profession of law Dec. 3 at Town & Gown.
Stephan Haas Appointed Vice Dean for Research
USC professor Stephan Haas has been named vice dean for research, effective Jan. 1, it was announced by USC College Dean Howard Gillman.
Water Polo Team Wins Third Straight NCAA Title
The USC men’s water polo team won its third straight national championship, defeating the California Golden Bears in Berkeley.
USC Ponders Purchase of Land in Exposition Park
The state of California, through the Governor’s Office, has approached USC about the university purchasing some of the land in Exposition Park.
Conference to Reform College Admissions
Every year, leading U.S. universities publicize their selectivity by announcing low admission rates, and high-achieving students battle to secure a coveted spot at an exclusive, top-tier college.
Cooper Named to National Academy of Public Administration
USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development professor Terry Cooper was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Reaching Toward the Fountain of Youth
To understand the promise and pitfalls of anti-aging therapies, start with the research and lifestyles of anti-aging scholars.
Oldest Alumnus Revisits His Korean Experience
Victor Wellington Peters '24, USC’s oldest alumnus, returned to his alma mater in mid-November for a special tour of the USC Libraries’ Korean Heritage Library.
Art Is in the Eye of the Beholder
Although artists have been involved in the illustration, design and printing of books for centuries, it wasn’t until the late 20th century that the artist’s book began to be regarded as a distinct genre.
New Lauridsen Scholarship Announced
USC Thornton School of Music faculty member and Grammy nominated composer Morten Lauridsen gave the school an early holiday present by establishing a prestigious new endowed scholarship in his name.
A Wonder of the Modern World
Joseph Strauss’ audacity to try out for football as a spare 5-foot-3 undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati led to the creation of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Jan Perry Recalls Work at Joint Education Project
The University of Southern California was my first home away from home when I moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s.
Secretary of the Air Force Visits School of Social Work
The USC School of Social Work hosted a visit from Michael B. Donley, Secretary of the U.S. Air Force.
Berton Honored for Contributions to Japan
Peter Berton, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations at USC, was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, gold ray with neck ribbon, by the government of Japan.
Roithmayr Named George T. and Harriet E. Pfleger Chair in Law
USC Gould School of Law professor Daria Roithmayr was named the holder of the George T. and Harriet E. Pfleger Chair in Law.
Five New Members Inducted Into Hall of Fame
The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC has honored five faculty members with induction into the school’s Hall of Fame.
All the Ingredients for a Cool Career
Todd Koenigsberg, head chef of Moreton Fig, USC’s new full-service restaurant in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, is an advocate of simplicity.
Occupational Therapy Shows Support on Veterans Day
In appreciation of USC’s military community, more than 100 veterans and supporters gathered at the University Club Nov. 11 to celebrate Veteran’s Day.
USC Men Care Helps Women’s Shelter
Not many students are willing to give up part of their Saturdays during football season, but that’s exactly what members of USC Men Care did to help out those in need.
First Saks Institute Symposium Targets Restraints
Three nationally respected authorities on mental illness - hailing from academia, advocacy and the legal arena - spoke at the inaugural symposium of the USC Gould School of Law’s Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics.
USC to Add Women’s Lacrosse in 2012-13
Women’s lacrosse will be added to USC’s athletic program in the 2012-13 season, Trojan athletic director Pat Haden announced.
SPPD Alumna Hilda Solis Receives Biller Award
When U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis MPA ’81 looked for internship opportunities after her first semester in USC’s Master of Public Administration program, a Trojan alumnus pulled out his Rolodex and gave her names to contact.
Haw: A Driving Force for the Environment
Navigating Los Angeles without a car is possible and worth the change of habit.
Faith, Hope and Charity
When it comes to the Catholic tradition, the believer must also be the thinker. "If you're going to be a believer, no one should ever suggest that you check your brain in at the entrance of the church," said Father James Heft, the Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion at USC College.
Humanities Postdocs to Help Young Scholars
Postdoctoral studies between graduate school and the first faculty position have become a key step in succeeding as a professor.
Local Students Get Excited About Higher Ed
On Nov. 5, more than 100 students from Southeast High School, New Designs Charter School and Dorsey High School gathered at the USC Gould School of Law for Mentor Day.
Social Entrepreneurs Who Change the World
Social entrepreneurs create innovations that disrupt the status quo and transform the world for the better, according to Sally Osberg, president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation.
Pass It Forward
The left forearm of Keary Colbert ’06 bears an "SC" tattoo, his right shirt sleeve, the clasped hands logo of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He is a man who takes pride in his history and his alliances.
Fickett Collection Finds a Home at USC
Edward H. Fickett ’37, remembered for his uniquely stylish and functional homes, established a name for himself in the design of affordable housing for soldiers returning from World War II.
Quick Named Executive Vice Provost
USC College professor Michael Quick has been appointed executive vice provost.
Gillman Appoints First Vice Dean of Students for USC College
Dean Howard Gillman announced that he has appointed Donal Manahan, professor of biological sciences, as the first vice dean of students at USC College.
Warshel Honored With Three-Day Symposium
Arieh Warshel was honored with a three-day symposium titled "Frontiers in the Simulation of Macromolecules," held on the University Park campus.
New USC Center for Students With Learning Differences Dedicated
A standing-room-only audience of Trojans learned that dyslexics share their learning difference with good company, including author John Irving and entrepreneur Charles Schwab.
A Walk to Remember
Students, staff and faculty from the USC Davis School of Gerontology and the USC Memory and Aging Center participated in the Los Angeles branch of The Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk in Century City.
Walking Toward Progress and Solutions
Just like people, neighborhoods age over time: Streets and sidewalks experience wear and tear, which can increase safety risks for older residents and visitors.
She's at Home as a Live-In Volunteer
Kaoru Nashiro’s neighbors are a little older than she is, but what’s 60-plus years among good friends?
Poster Perfect
USC Davis School of Gerontology Ph.D. student Jeff Laguna was one of five winners of The Gerontological Society of America Emerging Scholars and Professionals Organization Poster Award.
Postdoctoral Scholars Program Announced
The Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program in the Humanities was announced by USC provost Elizabeth Garrett.
Jumping Right Into the Fire
After only two weeks on his job, chef Eric Ernest already had some major additions to his résumé.
A Retail History on the Shelf
Founded by Kentucky-born minister and entrepreneur B. F. Coulter in 1878, Coulter Dry Goods Co. was one of the pioneering businesses in downtown Los Angeles.
Nikias Discusses University Issues With Students
It's not unusual for a professor or administrator to answer students' questions. It's a little more special, however, when the university president does.
USC Senior Kathryn Johncox Goes the Distance
While she was in high school, USC senior Kathryn Johncox considered running a miserable form of exercise, but now she's set her sights on completing a 26.2-mile race for fun.
Intellectual Fellowship Continues at Villa Aurora
USC students attended a special tour and performance at Villa Aurora, the former house of the exiled Jewish-German novelist Lion Feuchtwanger and his wife Marta.
Vega Appears at International Conference in Spain
William A. Vega discussed the mental health challenges facing Latinos in the United States.
Castells Wins 2011 Erasmus Medal
The Council of the Academia Europaea announced that USC communication professor Manuel Castells will receive the 2011 Erasmus Medal.
Austin, Martin Join USC Board of Trustees
Wanda M. Austin, Ph.D. ’88 and John C. Martin have been elected to the USC Board of Trustees.
First Human Services Clearinghouse in China Launched
The USC School of Social Work and the Chinese Cochrane Center have launched the first online clearinghouse for human services professionals and policymakers in China.
A Safe Halloween for Neighborhood Youth
At USC's Safe Halloween celebration on Oct. 31, 6-year-old Ramón Rodriguez wasn’t shy about sharing his favorite part of the holiday.
Reunion Weekend Brings Three Generations to Campus
More than 800 alumni and friends returned to campus on Oct. 29-30 to reminisce with old friends and reconnect with USC at Reunion Weekend 2010.
Poet Dana Gioia Joins USC
Dana Gioia, an acclaimed poet and essayist who served two terms as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), has been appointed the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture.
Rothman Scholar Taps Into Financial Markets
When the stock market crashed nearly three years ago, the USC Gould School of Law’s 2010 Rothman Scholar Jamie Heine wanted to know why the markets failed.
Iranian Studies to Be Offered at USC College
The Farhang Foundation and USC announced the launch of an Iranian studies initiative at the university.
USC Aims to Reduce Bicycle Collisions
In 2009, the USC Undergraduate Student Government polled undergraduates and found that 80 percent use bikes on campus, 63 percent reported having been hit by a bicycle, 96 percent have almost been hit and 35 percent felt bicycle traffic was out of control.
LinkedIn Launches New Career Tool at USC
The Career Planning and Placement Center cannot offer students crystal balls, but it can provide them with a new tool for gazing into their professional futures.
Former Superintendent Joins USC Rossier
Darline Robles, PhD ’94, the former superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, recently joined the USC Rossier School of Education as professor of clinical education.
Letter From Michael Jackson
About Injured Student
Dear Members of the Trojan Family: Today at approximately 6 a.m., a first-year male student was critically injured in a fall from an upper floor of Birnkrant Residential College. The causes of the incident are under investigation by the Los...
He Makes a Point With His Athletes
If you’ve ever taken the cardboard tube from the inside of a roll of gift wrap and played Robin Hood with your little brother or cousin who wielded a curtain rod while you both exchanged spirited repartee, you understand the inherent joy of fencing.
New Athletic Building Planned
A new 110,000-square-foot building that will house all of USC’s 21 sports will be built directly west of Heritage Hall, Trojan athletic director Pat Haden announced.
Diagnosis: Gerontology
Although experts predict that by 2030, there will be more than 70 million Americans 65 and older, American medical schools currently require no formal training in geriatric medicine.
Campaign Leaders Can Make a Big Difference
Although the Good Neighbors Campaign officially will end Oct. 31, gifts and pledges will be accepted until the end of December.
Elizabeth Garrett Named USC Provost
USC President C. L. Max Nikias today announced the appointment of legal scholar and interim provost Elizabeth Garrett to the post of provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
Memorial Symposium Celebrates USC Researcher’s Legacy
In memory of Teh Fu (Dave) Yen (1927-2010), the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering hosted an International Symposium on Advances in Sustainable Environment at USC.
Archives Assemble at Los Angeles Bazaar
Exhibitions from nearly 80 local archives and collections related to Los Angeles history were on display at the fifth annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar.
Social Work Pioneers Honored
The California Social Work Hall of Distinction inducted seven new members, five posthumously, in a ceremony recognizing their unique contributions to improving social and human conditions.
Groundbreaking Paves Way for New Parish
With fundraising topping $32 million and architectural plans finalized, Our Savior Parish at the USC Catholic Center on the University Park campus held the final Mass and formal church decommission service in the quaint, original parish on Oct. 17.
Dean Yortsos to Serve a Second Term
USC Viterbi School of Engineering Dean Yannis C. Yortsos has accepted a second five-year term in his post offered by USC President C. L. Max Nikias.
USC Davis Student Wins Award for Obesity Paper
USC Davis School of Gerontology Ph.D. student Morgan Canon won the Gerontological Society of America’s Elaine M. Brody Award for her paper on sarcopenic obesity.
Thanksgiving Matchup Seeks Local Hosts
The USC Thanksgiving Matchup Program, which pairs international students with local host families for the traditional Thanksgiving feast, is growing.
President Obama Speaks at USC
The 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, spoke before an estimated 37,500 people at a political rally in front of Doheny Memorial Library on the University Park campus.
Obama's Visit Through Fifth-Grade Eyes
Three fifth-graders from South Pasadena - Isaac Marziali, 10, Tate Johnson, 9 and Brandon Yung, 11 - came to hear President Barack Obama speak at USC on Oct. 22.
Dramatic Results in Latest USC-Los Angeles Times Poll on Political Races
The latest USC College/Los Angeles Times Poll, conducted Oct. 13-20, shows that in the race for California governor, Democrat Jerry Brown has expanded his lead over Republican Meg Whitman into double digits.
A Student Volunteer's Epic Night and Day
Wearing his USC sweatshirt in the pre-dawn drizzle, Micah Scheindlin was working on three hours sleep and a cereal bar. The USC College senior was among hundreds of students volunteering for the rally on campus Friday attended by the 44th...
Knight Luce Fellowship Set for Reporting on Religion
Applications are now being accepted for the Knight Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion, it was announced by the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
Promoting Diversity Among Scholars
USC Ph.D. students Krista Garcia and Celeste Menchaca have been selected to attend the 17th annual Compact for Faculty Diversity’s Institute on Teaching and Mentoring in Tampa, Fla.
LGBT Resource Center Receives $1,000 Grant
Talk may be cheap, but mentoring programs are not.
Awards Abound at Half Century Trojans Event
Nearly 500 members of the Trojan Family gathered to honor USC’s past at the 2010 Half Century Trojans Luncheon.
USC Students to Host President Obama
President Barack Obama will speak at a political rally Friday at USC on the University Park campus.
A Path to Health Goes Through Fit Families
How do you instill a healthy lifestyle in a child? How do you get children to enjoy a workout? How do you help youngsters at least consider choosing an apple over a Twinkie?
USC Spectrum Design Nabs ‘Steal This Idea’ Awards
In 2010, USC Spectrum Design Studio came up with 10 ideas that were not just good — they were good enough to steal.
USC Parents Association Earns Volunteer Award
The USC Parents Association serves parents even as it helps them serve.
An Educational Way to Play
Educators have long recognized the link between games and learning.
Hidden L.A. Stories
Los Angeles history will come alive Oct. 23 at the fifth annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar.
Defining the Global University
The USC Rossier School of Education brought together three experts in the globalization of higher education for “The Global University” symposium held at Town & Gown.
Ready for This Week’s Great ShakeOut?
A handful of temblors have shaken California in recent months, and many worry that the long-anticipated “big one” in California may just be around the corner.
Los Angeles' 8.8 Wake-Up Call
"We live in earthquake country, and every day is earthquake season." This is Tom Jordan's mantra.
USC Spreads Good Karma
In a lush, sheltered courtyard beside the United University Church, carnivores and vegans alike gather for the Good Karma Café, an all-you-can-eat vegetarian lunch service hosted by the Office of Religious Life every Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 2 p.m.
President Nikias Sets Lofty Goal at His Inauguration
Achieving “undisputed status as one of the great universities of the world” - that is the audacious goal C. L. Max Nikias set for USC before an audience of 7,500 assembled in Alumni Park to witness his installation as the 11th president of the university.
Annenberg Foundation Commits $50 Million to USC
USC President C. L. Max Nikias announced a leadership gift of $50 million from the Annenberg Foundation to the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
Cogent Founder Ming Hsieh Donates $50 Million to USC
USC President C. L. Max Nikias announced the university has made a bold advance in cancer research thanks to a gift of $50 million from USC trustee Ming Hsieh MS ’84.
Turning Data Into Information
For Today's Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics. That headline in The New York Times says it best. Internet-age statisticians are finding themselves increasingly in demand, according to the recent article.
Korean-American Leaders Meet in Washington, D.C.
Prominent Korean Americans gathered at the USC School of Social Work's Network for Korean American Leaders Gala.
USC Launches Foursquare Campaign
University Communications has launched a social media campaign aimed at bringing the USC community closer together to celebrate the inauguration of President C. L. Max Nikias.
Great Minds Grasp Grand Challenges
At the national Grand Challenges summit held at USC Oct. 6-8, the issue of improving education and attracting more bright people to technical careers was a continuing theme.
Pharmacy Student Honored for Community Outreach
Tina Patel has been named a recipient of the Pharmacy Times/Wal-Mart RESPy Award.
USC Libraries Become Home to Largest LGBT Research Collection
The ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives has donated the world’s largest research collection related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history to the USC Libraries.
USC Rossier Hosts Screening of Education Documentary
Nearly 150 USC Rossier School of Education faculty members and students, as well as education advocates, attended a private screening of the new documentary Waiting for Superman in Hollywood.
Hanging Out With Friends and Neighbors
More than 100 members of the USC Trojan Family came out to meet their neighbors and tour the University Park neighborhood at the invitation of USC government and civic engagement.
Sen. Murray Appointed Politician in Residence
Like executive heavyweights Michael Eisner and David Geffen, retired Sen. Kevin Murray started his impressive career in the Beverly Hills mailroom of the William Morris Agency.
Let the Presidential Celebrations Begin
The wait is over. After months of planning and weeks of emotional buildup, C. L. Max Nikias will be installed Friday as the 11th president of USC.
Student Showcase Offers Forum for Innovation
The 2010 USC Student Innovator Showcase and Competition again has provided an advance look at tomorrow’s ideas, inventions, social activism and businesses.
Professors Nominated for Searle Scholar Consideration
USC professors Sean Curran and Kai Wang have been nominated for consideration as a 2011 Searle Scholar.
300 Alumni Leaders Return to USC
The 2010 USC Alumni Leadership Conference on Sept. 30-Oct. 1 brought together nearly 300 participants for two days of workshops, presentations and briefings.
Grand Opening for Tutor Campus Center Art
At USC, art isn't something that remains tucked away in museum basements or locked in storage.
If at First You Don’t Shake …
A few months ago, USC sophomore Maria Stan experienced her first earthquake. She was in her dorm room when she began to feel light-headed.
Adventures Ahead: A Good Neighbors Project
Seven-year-old Nancy Robles isn’t yet sure what a tutor is, but she knows she has a reading buddy.
Malec Joins University Communications
Nicole M. Malec, a university leader with significant experience in strategic communications and technology, has joined USC as associate senior vice president for university communications.
USC a Top Choice for Jewish Students
USC has been named among the leading U.S. higher education institutions chosen by Jewish students, according to a new ranking from Reform Judaism magazine.
Medvedev Awards Friendship Order to John Bowlt
John Bowlt, professor of Slavic languages and literatures at USC College, has been awarded the prestigious Russian Federation Order of Friendship.
A Look Ahead at Supreme Court Term
USC Gould School of Law and the student chapters of the Federalist Society and American Constitution Society presented the third annual U.S. Supreme Court preview.
USC Researchers Receive MTA Grant
Researchers at the USC METRANS Transportation Center and the USC Integrated Media Systems Center have received a three-year, $1.8 million grant from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Trojan Parents Weekend Cuts Across Borders
Nearly 4,000 parents from around the world attended the annual Trojan Parents Weekend, a three-day event packed with informational sessions, breakfasts, campus tours, tailgate picnics and a football game.
Practice Makes Perfect
One look around Carmen Frierson’s office, and it’s obvious that she takes her role seriously as emergency preparedness coordinator of facilities for the USC School of Social Work.
USC Sets Stellar Presenters at Engineering Summit
A lineup of exceptional people will gather at the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges summit in Bovard Auditorium Oct. 7-8 to talk about engineering's impact on society.
Education Leaders to Discuss Global University
As part of the week-long celebration of the inauguration of USC President C. L. Max Nikias, the USC Rossier School of Education will host a panel symposium on the global university.
Good Neighbors Campaign Sets $1.3 Million Goal
In these tough economic times, USC’s Good Neighbors Campaign is needed more than ever. Accordingly, the goal for this year’s campaign, which kicked off Oct. 1, is $1.3 million - an increase over last year’s record-setting $1.2 million raised.
20 Days Until the Great ShakeOut
A handful of temblors have shaken California in recent months, and many worry that the long-anticipated “big one” in California may just be around the corner.
For New Human Rights Direction, Try North
As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Rebecca Wertman feels a deep connection to the study of human rights policy.
Strategic Planning Committee 
Elizabeth Garrett has announced the formation of the faculty committee that
 will lead in the creation of USC's next strategic plan.
WASC Team to Visit USC Oct. 11-13
USC will host a site visit in connection with its reaccreditation review by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges on Oct. 11-13.
In Memoriam: David S. Tappan Jr.
USC life trustee David S. Tappan Jr. died Sept. 27 at his home in Newport Beach. He was 88.
USC’s Fountains and Flourishes on Display
A just-published book of photographs, Fountains and Flourishes of the University of Southern California, spotlights the many architectural and landscape embellishments across campus.
CREATE at USC Receives $15.3 Million Renewal
The National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events, based at USC, has been awarded a new $15.3 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
USC Rossier Welcomes New Board Members
The USC Rossier Board of Councilors has welcomed several new members to its ranks.
Memorable Lessons From Haiti
On Jan. 12, Haiti was struck with a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Two strong aftershocks followed.
Vega Gives Keynote at International Conference
William A. Vega gave the keynote presentation at the 2010 International Conference on Aging in the Americas.
Cowan Named President of Sunnylands Trust
Geoffrey Cowan has been named the first president of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands.
Zeta Beta Tau Named Best National Chapter
Good things come in threes for the brothers of USC's Zeta Beta Tau.
L.A. Times Festival of Books Comes to USC
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will kick off its 16th storied year in a new home at USC's University Park campus from April 30 to May 1, 2011.
Boxer Lauds USC’s Military Social Work Program
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) delivered high praise for the USC School of Social Work’s military social work program and its students now preparing to serve the nation’s war veterans.
William Vega Speaks at D.C. Conference
William A. Vega discussed the U.S. health care system at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.
Grant Gives Preschoolers a Jumpstart on Education
Ten thousand dollars can buy a lot of school supplies and storybooks.
Climbing the Ladder of Success
It would take a very big book to illustrate all the highlights of Arthur C. Bartner’s 40 years leading the USC Trojan Marching Band.
Two USC Groups Collaborate on Research Initiative
The USC Libraries has partnered with the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture to collect, catalogue and digitize documents on the global growth of Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity.
USC Named a Safe Community by World Health Organization
USC was named an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization on Sept. 15.
Checcio Named Senior VP for University Advancement
Albert R. Checcio has been named senior vice president for university advancement.
USC Freshman Class Gets High Marks
The entering undergraduate student body at USC is the most academically talented in the university’s 130-year history.
SPPD Students Serve as Education Pioneers
Over the summer, seven USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development students blazed trails of reform as fellows for Education Pioneers.
USC Auxiliary Services Preps for Emergencies
It’s 10:21 a.m. You’re sitting in your office, enjoying a cup of joe. Suddenly, you feel a shake.
USC Fisher Museum Receives Reaccreditation
The USC Fisher Museum of Art has announced its reaccreditation by the American Association of Museums.
Inviting Nominations for Two Faculty Awards
The nomination process has begun for two prominent USC awards.
Chicano Festival, Reprised
In 1973, USC hosted the Festival de Flor y Canto (festival of flower and song, named after the Aztec word for poetry), a three-day event that featured dozens of emerging Mexican-American poets and writers. Materializing out of the nascent Chicano...
Retired Faculty Lunch With Caldwell Scholars
The USC Retired Faculty Association board of directors hosted a welcome luncheon for this year’s Caldwell Scholarship winners at the Emeriti Center on Sept. 10.
New Fund Builds Research Communities
There are two ways to foster cross-disciplinary projects: Choose the project and form the community, or form the community and let them choose the project.
USC Division Unveils New Clinical Research Center
The USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC held a series of events Sept. 10 to mark the dedication of the Bice Clinical Research Center.
Call to Action on Childhood Obesity
A call to action on childhood obesity drew a standing-room-only crowd and six U.S. Congress members to Town & Gown on Sept. 10.
USC Celebrates Constitution Day
In 2004, Congress passed legislation establishing Constitution and Citizenship Day, a federal holiday commemorating the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.
Sorting Through Self-Esteem Issues
Katherine Schwarzenegger felt something was amiss one day last summer when she overheard her young cousins chatting with each other about their bodies.
Nobel Prize Winner Appointed Presidential Professor at USC
Murray Gell-Mann, a renowned physicist and Nobel laureate, has been appointed Presidential Professor of Physics and Medicine.
A Tart Slice of Literature
Even a cognoscente of the written word like Aimee Bender admits the difficulty in communicating feelings.
U.S. Supreme Court Preview to be Held Sept. 20
The USC Gould School of Law is presenting the third annual “U.S. Supreme Court: A Preview,” featuring legal scholars Kathleen Sullivan of Stanford Law School, John Eastman of Chapman Law School and Rebecca Brown of USC Gould.
USC Joins Collaboration for Charles R. Drew University
USC is among six California-based institutions that have joined together in an effort to rescue, restructure, reinvigorate and guide Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science toward a new, resurgent and financially viable future.
Extreme Makeover for Childs Way
By the end of September, the finishing touches will be put upon $2 million worth of capital improvements along Childs Way, from Watt Way to the Widney Alumni House.
USC to Host National Engineering Summit
For three days in October, USC will be host to the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges summit.
New Trojans Receive Presidential Welcome
USC President C. L. Max Nikias and his wife Niki Nikias extended a warm Trojan welcome, meeting and shaking hands with new students as they moved into their residence halls in what was a fitting beginning to Welcome Week.
Pilot Program Aims to Boost College Access Programs
A new initiative launched over the summer by the National College Access Network and the Center for Urban Education has been working to improve the quality and reach of college access programs to minority high school students.
Trojan Chosen for Student Advisory Board
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC student Joan Beleno has been selected as one of four Student Advisory Board members to present student issues, challenges and viewpoints to the American Dental Hygiene Association’s Committee on Student Relations.
Topping Scholars Kick Off Year at Annual Retreat
With 106 scholars in tow, the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund traveled to Palm Desert for its annual Topping Scholar Retreat in August.
USC Rossier Launches ‘Radical’ New Campaign
The USC Rossier School of Education has launched “Radical Thinking,” a new advertising campaign that showcases how the school’s programs and research are pushing the envelope in the field of education.
History in the Making
Sitting on a park bench outside Leavey Library, USC College undergraduate Caitlin Chang confidently recites the mission statement of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.
Students Serve Community on Friends and Neighbors Day
From revitalizing five blocks around campus to preserving habitats in Griffith Park, students deepened their connections to the community at Friends and Neighbors Day on Aug. 21.
Two New Trojan Traditions
On the morning of Aug. 19, the new student convocation was held in Alumni Park, as it is at the beginning of every academic year. But this year, everything was bigger.
Tutor Center Takes LEED in Going Green
If you look closely, you’ll see a lot of green in the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center.
In Memoriam: Robert P. Biller, 73
Professor emeritus of public administration and longtime USC administrator Robert P. Biller died Aug. 29 at his home in La Cañada, Calif., following a difficult illness. He was 73.
A New Home in the Heart of Campus
USC President C. L. Max Nikias and first lady Niki Nikias joined more than 150 alumni and university leaders on Aug. 26 to celebrate the grand opening of the Epstein Family Alumni Center.
Seeking Some Food for Thought?
After two years of waiting for a new, permanent gathering place, the University Park community now has the Ronald Tutor Campus Center - and one of its most exciting aspects is the food being served.
New York Times Turns to USC for Katrina Feature
The New York Times marked the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s impact on New Orleans with an extensive video package drawn from the work and words of USC College geographer Andrew Curtis.
Scrapbooks of the Stars
For nearly a century, fan and gossip magazines have splashed the personal details of the Hollywood elite on their glossy covers.
Trojans Celebrate Tutor Campus Center in Grand Style
USC President C. L. Max Nikias invoked the words of Winston Churchill as he reflected on the future impact of the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center at the building's grand opening celebration on Aug. 26.
Povinelli Lauded as a Top Innovator
USC Viterbi School of Engineering assistant professor Michelle Povinelli has been recognized by Technology Review magazine as one of the world’s top innovators under the age of 35.
USC Center for Applied Math Sciences Turns 20
The USC Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences, a research unit housed in the Department of Mathematics at USC College, marks its 20th anniversary this year.
USC Named an International Safe Community
USC has become the first academic institution in the world to be designated as an International Safe Community by the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion.
USC Rossier Faculty Offer Specialized Development
Nearly 80 teachers from nearby Crenshaw High School are the recipients of specialized professional development from members of the USC Rossier faculty experts organized by the school’s Office of Professional Development Programs.
Algebra Project Equates Knowledge With Excellence
For the last year, the USC Rossier School of Education has been providing a unique form of professional development to teachers in high-need Los Angeles schools.
Pharmacy’s Class of 2014 Suits Up
For the 189 students entering the USC School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program this year, putting on their traditional pharmacy garb at the White Coat Ceremony was their first step toward becoming a pharmacist.
President Welcomes New Trojans at Convocation
A mother spotted her daughter in the procession of incoming freshmen at the New Student Convocation held in Alumni Park on Aug. 19.
USC Launches Official Facebook Page
USC has launched its official Facebook page to connect with the university’s students, alumni, faculty, staff and fans.
Center for Urban Education Promotes Equity for Latinos
The Center for Urban Education organized a workshop on Aug. 13 between faculty and administrators to promote greater equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Latinos.
Moving In, Moving On
It was 8:45 a.m. on Move-In Day, which had just begun, and emotions already were running high.
Gateway to Convenient Living
University Gateway, a 421-unit apartment community across from USC’s University Park campus, has begun filling up with students.
U.S. News Ranks USC No. 23 in Nation
USC continues its historic rise in national academic rankings, with U.S. News & World Report this year naming the university No. 23 in the nation for the “best national universities” category.
A Mistaken Map of Massive Proportions
As anyone who has taken a wrong turn based on directions from a GPS can attest, maps are not always perfect.
Pereira Collection Builds USC Libraries’ Prestige
The USC Libraries’ William Pereira Collection gives students access to the original plans, designs and numerous correspondences of the man who helped defined the look of Southern California.
Provost Announces New Appointments
Jean Morrison was named executive vice provost of academic affairs on Aug. 10 by Elizabeth Garrett, interim senior vice president for academic affairs.
A Floral Fascination, in Full Bloom
The origin of Joseph Arditti’s orchid fascination is a simple one. It all began when he was an undergraduate and found a job helping a wealthy Bel Air resident cultivate his orchids.
USC Rossier Award Supports Low-Performing Schools
The USC Rossier School of Education is an official partner in a newly awarded Investing in Innovation Fund grant of $6 million over three years.
Enrollment Research Center Moves to USC Rossier
The USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice is moving to the USC Rossier School of Education.
USC Hosts Forums on Commercializing University Research
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship recently completed four regional forums held at USC, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Michigan and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
President Nikias Announces Leadership Team
USC President C. L. Max Nikias has announced his executive team, selecting a group of experienced leaders to oversee the university.
Roberta Diaz Brinton Honored at White House
Roberta Diaz Brinton, director of the USC Science Technolgy and Research Program, was presented with the prestigious 2010 Presidential Citizens Medal by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House on Aug. 4.
Accolades Aplenty for USC’s Health Sciences Marketing Team
From billboards to radio spots to digital banner ads, USC’s Health Sciences Public Relations and Marketing team has been moving at full speed in its effort to increase awareness of and preference for the university’s two private hospitals.
New President Emphasizes Character
On Aug. 3, his first day in office, USC President C. L. Max Nikias greeted the young men of the USC Trojans football team at Heritage Hall and stressed that they have joined a long-standing tradition of excellence both in and out of the classroom.
She Fell for Ranch Dressing
If you asked Ree Drummond ’91 in 1991 where she was headed in life, chances are she wouldn’t have said a ranch outside of Pawhuska, Okla.
A Letter From Athletic Director Pat Haden
On his first day in office as USC's athletic director, Pat Haden ’75 pledged a "culture of compliance" in USC intercollegiate athletics in an open letter to the Trojan Family.
More Trojans Certified in Emergency Response
USC’s Community Emergency Response Team recently welcomed its newest class of trained and certified Volunteer Emergency Response Team members.
New Dean of Students at USC Law
Priya Sridharan has been appointed assistant dean and dean of students at the USC Gould School of Law.
Summer Institute Explores Cultural Diplomacy
Thirty public diplomacy practitioners from around the world gathered on July 20 at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism as part of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy's annual Summer Institute.
Orientation Opens Doors for New Students
"You're about to learn one of our favorite Trojan traditions," announced an orientation adviser on the stage of Bing Theatre. "Everyone get ready for the SoCal spell-out!"
Student Receives ‘Unsung Heroines’ Award
Kristie Hernandez earned a place at this year's Women of the Year "Unsung Heroines" award ceremony.
Trojan KidSCamp Provides Summer Fun
For more than 40 years, a summer camp held at USC has been fostering friendships, fun and fitness for economically disadvantaged youth living in neighborhoods around the campus.
Korean American Network Honored With Community Award
The USC School of Social Work’s Network for Korean American Leaders fellowship program was honored for promoting service and leadership among young professionals during a gala in New York.
Pharmacy Taps Record Number of Students
Thirty-eight of the students who will begin their USC School of Pharmacy doctor of pharmacy studies in the fall have completed the Trojan Admission Pre-pharmacy (TAP) program - the highest number to date.
Pat Haden Named New Athletic Director
Members of the Trojan Family might best remember Pat Haden as the famed USC quarterback who was part of two national championships under coaching legend John McKay and later went on to call signals for the Los Angeles Rams.
USC to Lead Prostate Cancer Study
Researchers at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center have received a $12 million National Cancer Institute grant to lead an international project aimed at identifying new biological pathways critical to the development and potential treatment of prostate cancer.
Architectural Guild to Honor Alum Edmiston
The USC School of Architecture’s Architectural Guild has selected Southern California environmentalist Joseph T. Edmiston ’70 and architecture writer and radio host Frances Anderton to receive architecture and urbanism awards Oct. 7.
USC Public Safety Gains Accreditation
The USC Department of Public Safety has been awarded accreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.
Men’s Team Rows Its Way Into Royal Regatta
Bidding the United States "cheerio" on June 16, the 2009-10 men's crew team traveled to England to earn a spot in the Henley Royal Regatta, a rowing competition dating back to 1839.
USC Law Represents Woman Jailed for Crimes of Her Captor
The USC Gould School of Law’s Post-Conviction Justice Project is fighting on behalf of a woman who was a victim of human trafficking at age 13 and later convicted of first-degree murder.
How to Seal a Studio Deal
John Schulman, the new executive director of USC’s Entertainment Law Program, recently brought Hollywood to USC Law, giving students a rare look at how studio deals are made and broken.
USC Awarded $56.8 Million Grant for Clinical Research
USC has received a prestigious $56.8 million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health to support and promote scientific discoveries and their application in real-life settings to health and health care.
Hooked on Art History
Amy Von Lintel believes art history goes beyond what hangs on the walls of museums or fills the pages of textbooks.
Kenneth McGillivray Named Vice Provost
Kenneth J. McGillivray has been appointed vice provost of global initiatives, effective Sept. 1.
Big Night in the Big Apple
Nearly 600 Trojans and friends attended the second annual Tommy Awards June 28 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
USC Outreach Donates Record $1.06 Million
As budgets are slashed and layoffs increase, business courses for high school students are not often a priority.
And the Leadership Award Goes to …
The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education received the 2010 Walter Cronkite Civic Engagement Leadership Award.
Harman Appointed Presidential Professor
Sidney Harman has been appointed Presidential Professor and the inaugural Isaias W. Hellman Professor of Polymathy at USC.
Ron Astor Awarded Honorary Doctorate
Ron Astor was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion during its Los Angeles graduation ceremony.
After School Sports Connection Pools Its Resources
For those who cannot swim, summer can spell fear rather than fun.
A Focus on Foster Care
While many 18-year-olds spent the summer happily selecting the perfect sheet sets and shower caddies to brighten college dorm rooms, Jessica Chandler was homeless, hopeless and “waiting for the next bad thing to happen.”
Board of Trustees Elects Three Members
Tamara Hughes Gustavson ’83, William Keck II ’64, MBA ’66 and Robert Padgett ’68 have been elected to the USC Board of Trustees.
Architecture Alum Honored at Exhibition
USC School of Architecture alumnus Michael Leung ’09 received an AIA Award of Distinction and a $1,000 scholarship for his Fog Harvesting Hydroponic Farm design.
Conti Named President of Academic Senate
For the first time in university history, the president of USC’s Academic Senate will be an M.D.
34th Street to Close for Paving
USC Transportation has been notified that 34th Street will be closed for paving and speed bump installation from July 1-5.
USC Viterbi Receives $500,000 Gift
The USC Viterbi School of Engineering received a five-year $500,000 gift from the Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) on June 28.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Two actors wrapped in motion sensors circle each other as engineering researchers take note while standing at the perimeter of a USC Viterbi School of Engineering laboratory.
New Advancement Leader to Join USC Rossier
Anne E. Wicks ’05 will join the USC Rossier School of Education in the new position of assistant dean for advancement.
Lerner Named Faculty Fellow at USC Annenberg Center
USC Gould School of Law professor Jack Lerner has been named a faculty fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.
USC Got Games
When a video game developed as a student project can motivate half a million players to lobby for peace in Darfur ...
USC Files Appeal to NCAA Ruling
USC seeks to overturn some findings and penalties. It accepts part of the sanctions and will implement postseason ban for the 2010 football season.
More Access for Exemplary Student Papers
The USC School of Social Work has partnered with USC Libraries to publish the university’s inaugural collection of Outstanding Academic Papers by Students.
USC College Senior Interns at U.N.
"Mr. President, U.N. Watch welcomes the draft resolution concerning Kyrgyzstan.”
USC Libraries to Uncover Hidden California History
Researchers soon will have more resources for probing the causes of the 1992 L.A. riots and the history of climate change in California.
Making the CASE for Excellence
The USC Alumni Association took top honors in two categories at the 2010 Circle of Excellence Awards presented by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
A Change of Climate
Days after graduating from USC College in May, David Livingston flew to Honduras and spent a week in a small mountain community, his second trip to the region for outreach work.
Student Affairs Hosts First Wellness Summit
Staff members from USC schools, the Health Sciences campus, Student Affairs and other university divisions gathered at the Davidson Center on June 8 for a Wellness Summit, the first of its kind at USC.
Bonfires and So Much S’More at Troy Camp
For many of the youngsters who in May visited Troy Camp in Forest Falls, Calif., seeing stars was a first-time experience.
Women Play Sports but Not on TV
Even the ESPN Ticker gives women short shrift - 96.4 percent of the information scrolling along the bottom of the screen was dedicated to men’s sports.
FAA Honors USC Viterbi Students
A USC Viterbi School of Engineering team has won recognition by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its design of a safer runway system.
David Cruz Honored by California Legislature
USC Gould School of Law professor David Cruz was honored by the California Legislative LGBT Caucus on June 14.
More Than Five Decades and Counting
Addie Taylor of Inglewood always gets a lot of attention from faculty, students and residents when she comes for her appointments at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.
Juvenile Court School Teachers Trained in Literacy Instruction
The students who fill any classroom present a unique set of challenges to the teacher charged with educating them.
USC to Appeal NCAA Ruling
The University of Southern California announced that, after reviewing the NCAA Committee on Infractions report, it will accept some of the penalties imposed by the Committee and it will appeal those penalties it believes are excessive.
President Sample Addresses NCAA Sanctions
The NCAA has notified us of its findings and sanctions regarding the investigation of USC’s athletic program.
Pilot Program Set for New Ideas and Marketplace
USC has launched Ideas Empowered, a new two-year pilot program designed to bridge the gap between ideas and the marketplace.
Catching Up to a Man on the Run
When injuries prevented Greg Woodburn from continuing to run track during high school, he never lost his passion for the sport.
UniHealth Awards Grant to School of Pharmacy
UniHealth Foundation has awarded an additional $401,370 grant to the school that will allow its already impactful work in these clinics to thrive and grow.
Community Says Thanks and Farewell
There have been more than a few celebrations for the 10th USC president in the past few months, with more to come.
Recruiting Engineers at Sea
The difference between submerging at a 20-degree versus a 25-degree angle? Keeping your shoes on deck and falling flat on your face.
Dental School Receives Ethics Award
The USC Office of Compliance has recognized individuals from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC with the first annual USC Ethical Leadership Award.
USC Joins Alcohol Prevention Coalition
Every undergraduate at USC is familiar with AlcoholEdu, the interactive online program incoming students must complete before their first week of classes.
Yang Chai Honored for Outstanding Research
The Method to Extend Research in Time Award of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has been given to Yang Chai.
Board of Overseers Adds Two Members
President Steven B. Sample has appointed Stephen M. Keck and Ghada Irani to the Board of Overseers of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Top Corporate Attorney Joins USC Law
As she graded her law students’ legal writing papers late one evening, Julie Ryan’s husband asked her why she was smiling.
McKenna to Develop Contraceptive Drug
Charles McKenna has received a Partner University Fund award enabling him to develop a new type of male contraceptive drug with researchers in France.
Keck School Establishes Community Council
A new Dean’s Community Leadership Council will partner with the Keck School of Medicine of USC to explore ways to improve health services that meet the needs of the surrounding community.
USC Hockey Coach Tests the Ice as GM
Winning isn't everything, but it happened more than 20 games per season under USC men's ice hockey head coach Mark Wilbur.
USC Dominates Meeting of International Society
This year’s International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research annual meeting featured poster and podium presentations by numerous members of the USC family.
Distance Learning in a War Zone
Capt. Matt Smith spent parts of the last five semesters hunkered down at bases in Kuwait and Afghanistan.
Shook, Narayanan Lauded for Faculty Service
Doug Shook and Shrikanth Narayanan have received the Distinguished Faculty Service Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon USC faculty.
Environmental Impact Report Issued for USC Plan
The City of Los Angeles has released the notice of completion of a draft Environmental Impact Report for a USC development project that would create a mixed-use housing, retail, academic and entertainment complex adjacent to the University Park campus.
Trojan Trekkers Finish Revlon Run
Thousands of participants gathered near the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on May 8 for the 17th annual Revlon Run/Walk for Women.
Cultural Centers Celebrate Commencement
Every year, the Chicano/Latino Graduate Celebration, the African American Cultural Celebration and the Asian Pacific Graduate Celebration provide students the opportunity to celebrate their cultural heritage and its role in their academic achievement.
Working Toward a Better Community
The Community Service Awards recently recognized more than 30 people for their exemplary volunteer work.
New Report Released on Charter Schools
Charter schools continue to improve their overall fiscal health, according to a new report released by the Center on Educational Governance at the USC Rossier School of Education.
Kathryn Sample Meets the Pope in Rome
USC trustees, alumni, donors and friends from Our Savior Parish and the USC Caruso Catholic Center watched Pope Benedict XVI bless the cornerstone for the new Our Savior Parish.
Center Releases L.A. Philanthropy Report
The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development has released a report on the state of foundation philanthropy in Los Angeles.
USC Shoah Foundation Institute Licenses Portfolio
In March, USC licensed a portfolio of intellectual property assets involving 11 U.S. patents from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.
Graduates Honored at Recognition Awards
At the Student Recognition Awards on May 13, USC President Steven B. Sample lightheartedly advised members of the Class of 2010 to "remember, it's not who you know, it's whom."
Mobile Dental Clinic Travels to San Diego
The American Association of Endodontists held its first “Access to Care Project” in conjunction with its recent annual session in San Diego on April 17.
Six Fulbright Scholars to Date
Six Trojans awarded Fulbright Fellowships this year will be traveling to various corners of the world, including South America, South Korea and Germany.
Path to USC Begins in Elementary School
“Lock the door when you leave.” Those were the last words Jesse heard when she was kicked out of her house.
USC Wins NCAA Championship
The USC women's water polo team captured its third national title by defeating top-seeded Stanford 10-9 in the NCAA championship in San Diego on May 16.
A USC Entrepreneur at Age 13
Business opportunities strike at unexpected times and to unlikely people.
A Touch of Class
The youngest of three children, Isabel Duenas was in fifth grade when her brother joined a gang, started doing drugs and having run-ins with the law.
USC Celebrates 127th Commencement
With many cheers - and a few tears - more than 10,000 graduating Trojans celebrated Commencement today.
Stories From 2010 Commencement
Every USC graduate is extraordinary in some way. Each Commencement season reveals compelling stories of graduates who overcame obstacles and mastered astounding achievements.
Student Athlete's Commencement Address
When Kenechi Udeze joined the USC Trojan football team as a redshirt freshman in 2001, he was a 340-pound, fledgling defensive end.
Engineering a Good Life
Liana Ching is a big Law & Order fan. That is, when she has time. The San Diego native has a lot of logs on the fire these days.
Meet Lisa Werth, a Grade-A Trojan
Getting straight A’s is nothing special for Lisa Werth. The last time she didn’t get one was back in third grade. One of this year’s two salutatorians, she leaves USC with a perfect 4.0 grade point average - though she isn’t really leaving.
Have Spanish, Will Travel
Natasha Naik is going places. Her first stop: Buenos Aires, where she will volunteer in a local hospital this summer, shadowing doctors and learning the basics of medical Spanish, while also learning about hospital systems in other countries.
Military Official Visits School of Social Work
After returning from a particularly violent tour of duty in Iraq, Col. David Sutherland caught himself scanning the lakes and canals scattered across his Texas town.
Getting Into College Can be a Game Changer
Getting into college may not seem like much of a game, but researchers at USC have turned the process into just that by creating a role-playing game designed to teach students how to better prepare for the college application process.
Weighing the Politics of Disaster
The last decade has been punctuated by a seemingly endless stream of tragedies, from the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to this year’s earthquake in Haiti to the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Trojans Buddy Up on Spirits in Action Day
Members of the USC Trojan Marching Band, the USC Song Girls and Naval ROTC paraded into McCarthy Quad for the opening ceremonies of Spirits in Action Day.
Students to Explore Social Work in Europe and India
The USC School of Social Work will expand its international footprint this summer with the addition of new global immersion programs in Western Europe and India.
School Namesake Flora L. Thornton Dies
Flora Laney Thornton, a philanthropist with a lifelong interest in higher education, the arts, preventive medicine and numerous charities, died May 7 of pulmonary disease. She was 96.
In Memoriam: John M. Peters, 75
John M. Peters, the Hastings Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and a renowned authority on the effects of air pollution on health, died of pancreatic cancer May 6 at his home in San Marino.
New Pharmacist Becomes Store Owner
When Robbie Leark ’07 was a college freshman, he decided he wanted to be a pharmacist. He was especially attracted to the idea of owning his own store.
A Lyon’s Share of the Accolades
USC Gould School of Law professor Thomas Lyon was doubly honored this month.
Alums' Meals on Wheels
If you’ve spent any time on the north side of University Park campus, you’ve probably seen them lining the streets around University Village: gourmet food trucks that serve up everything from French crepes to Chinese dim sum.
More Grants for Military Social Work Program
The USC School of Social Work has been awarded two new grants totaling $6.5 million for its military social work and veteran services teaching and research activities.
Facilities Management Wins Innovation Award
When Facilities Management Services moved from its longtime home at the corner of 34th Street and McClintock Avenue to a renovated shipping warehouse at 3434 Grand Ave. in September 2009, the logistics involved more than relocating 250 employees one-quarter mile to the east.
MSW Student Uses Art for Advocacy
For Master of Social Work student Argelis Ortiz, graduation will mark the culmination of hard work in the classroom and the field.
School of Pharmacy Holds Awards Banquet
The 2010 Alumni/Senior Awards Banquet, hosted by the USC School of Pharmacy Alumni Association, was held May 2 at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena.
A Life-Size Surprise at USC
USC President Steven B. Sample and his wife Kathryn have given immeasurably through their professional effort and personal service to the university over nearly two decades in Los Angeles.
Kevin Starr Awarded L.A. Times Book Prize
Kevin Starr won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in history for his book Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance 1950-1963.
Wohlstetter Tapped as Visiting Professor in NYC
Priscilla Wohlstetter has received a notable visiting professorship at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Potential Bummer for Baby Boomers
There was no faulting the consistency of the message at a USC conference on aging - just its unwelcome content for U.S. baby boomers.
Leaders Address Future of Higher Education
Four high-profile university leaders converged at the USC Davidson Center for a discussion about the future of higher education during the 32nd Earl V. Pullias Lecture.
Anthony Hassan Meets Military in Honolulu
USC alumni, Department of Veterans Affairs counselors, military personnel and veterans of three wars turned out for a recent presentation by Anthony Hassan at the University of Hawaii Kapi’olani Community College.
They're a Rare Breed Indeed
We know that the extinction of species is irreversible and geographically concentrated. We know that tropical deforestation is the main driver of terrestrial extinctions.
Rochelle Steiner Named Dean of USC Roski School of Fine Arts
Noted curator, writer and contemporary art leader Rochelle Steiner has been named dean of the USC Roski School of Fine Arts, effective Aug. 1.
Swanson Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Larry Swanson has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences for his excellence in original scientific research.
Douglas Noble Acclaimed by His Peers
USC School of Architecture associate professor Douglas Noble has been named by peers as one of the “10 most admired educators” in architecture.
USC Mellon Mentoring Award Recipients
Mentoring is becoming high profile at USC. This year, more than 400 nominations were submitted for the USC Mellon Mentoring Awards - more than double the number from last year.
New USC Center for Learning Support
USC parents Walter G. and Marcia B. Kortschak have made a historic gift commitment of $10 million to establish an endowment for the creation of the USC Kortschak Center for Learning and Creativity in Student Affairs at USC.
77th Annual USC Alumni Awards
The Trojan Family was out in force for the 77th Annual USC Alumni Awards at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on April 24.
Ciolek Named to Presidential Fellows Program
Public diplomacy graduate student Melanie Ciolek earned USC's only spot in the Presidential Fellows Program.
Network Launches Chapter in D.C.
Twenty-four new fellows in Washington, D.C., have been selected to join the fellowship program in the Network of Korean American Leaders based at the USC School of Social Work.
Presidential Medallion Goes to George Lucas
USC alumnus, filmmaker and benefactor George Lucas ’66 was awarded the USC Presidential Medallion, the university's highest honor, by President Steven B. Sample on April 26 at the annual Academic Honors Convocation.
D.C. Briefing Targets STEM Funding
The Center for Urban Education seeks ways to support Latino students in science, engineering and math.
Wong Named Executive Director of CUE
Linda J. Wong ’71, JD ’76, a leader in the nonprofit sector in Los Angeles, has been named the first executive director of the USC Rossier School of Education’s Center for Urban Education.
USC College Alum Wins Asa V. Call Award
Most people think alumnus and Academy Award-winning director Taylor Hackford is a product of USC's School of Cinematic Arts.
USC College Senior Bound for Germany
As an intern with the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Helen Moser researched pros and cons for a proposed law that would ban tobacco displays in stores.
USC College 2020 — Now, for the Future
Creating the college of the future is the impetus behind College 2020.
High Ranking by Latino Ed.D. Grads
The USC Rossier School of Education was ranked number two in graduate schools awarding doctoral degrees in education to Latino students by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine.
5K Run/Walk to Fight Women’s Cancers
Faculty, staff, students, residents and friends are invited to join Team USC Norris at the 17th annual Revlon Run/Walk for Women on May 8 to help fight women’s cancers.
Social Work Sets Virtual MSW Program
USC has announced a second virtual master’s degree program, this time at the School of Social Work.
Lowenthal Wins Stanley T. Olafson Award
Abe Lowenthal has been chosen to receive the World Trade Week 2010 Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award to recognize his accomplishments in international trade.
Top Fellowships for Braudy and Soames
University Professor Leo Braudy and philosophy professor Scott Soames have been named fellows of the 230-year-old American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
USC Showcases the Best in Innovation
Students and faculty demonstrate the fresh thinking taking place in technology, entertainment and design at the second TEDxUSC Ideas Empowered conference.
Dornsifes Provide Lead Gift for Institute
David and Dana Dornsife have provided a lead gift of $6 million for the new Brain and Creativity Institute to be housed in USC College.
A Boost for Brain and Creativity Institute
Joyce J. Cammilleri’s $2 million gift to the institute will support ongoing research.
Three Decades of Leadership and Service
The USC Center for Work & Family Life marks 30 years as an "investment in the human infrastructure."
Don Ludwig Earns Staff Achievement Award
The annual presidential honor goes to a person who exemplifies the Trojan tradition and spirit in his daily duties.
In Memoriam: William G. Spitzer, 82
William G. Spitzer, 82, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, materials science and physics at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, died April 14 in Oceanside, Calif.
Keck School Advances in Best Grad Schools List
The Keck School of Medicine of USC improved its ranking by five places in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report annual guide to best graduate schools.
Students Design Possible Housing for Faculty
The room is focused on graduate architecture student Melissa Stinar - or, more accurately, on the sprawling design occupying the wall behind her.
Preschoolers Get a Jumpstart on Kindergarten
It was just after 9 a.m. on a Tuesday morning when USC sophomore Leah Mireles began singing about a grumpy fish.
Rivera Institute Contributes to Federal Investigation
U.S. Department of Education asks if LAUSD students are denied equal opportunities.
Bensimon Given Wisconsin Education Award
CUE co-director is honored by the University of Wisconsin system for her commitment to excellence.
Ph.D. Student Wins Transportation Policy Award
SPPD’s Yin Wang earns the accolade for research of toll road finance policy.
A Clash Between Reality and Fantasy
Commanding, evocative and unmistakable. With nine white steel and concrete letters standing 30 feet wide and 45 feet tall, the Hollywood Sign is one of the most recognized symbols in the world.
Professor Writes 2009’s Most Downloaded Article
More than 3,500 people downloaded a Pharmacotherapy article by USC School of Pharmacy professor Julie Dopheide, making it the publication’s most viewed article of 2009.
Study Finds Decline in Foreign-born Residents
For the first time in half a century, the percentage of foreign-born residents in the state of California is actually declining, according to a recent study in which the lead author was USC demographics professor Dowell Myers.
USC Viterbi School Salutes the Samples
USC President Steven B. Sample received a lifetime achievement award from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering at the school's annual honors banquet on April 7.
When Creativity Meets Collaboration
Collaborative studies fill reams of scholarly journals, but studies of collaboration could fit in a single issue.
Stepping Into an Elite Membership
"Love of learning is the guide of life." This Greek motto gives the Phi Beta Kappa Society its name.
Summer Courses Open to Prep Students
USC College is offering an expanded array of summer courses for high school students through the USC Office of Continuing Education & Summer Programs.
Steven Sample Named Commencement Speaker
USC’s 127th annual commencement on May 14 will feature an address by USC President Steven B. Sample on the occasion of his retirement.
Experience Coupled With a Whiff of Wisdom
Three experienced practitioners who work with intellectual property in international markets addressed USC Gould School of Law students on March 9.
Networking Begins With Lunch
Before coming to the USC Gould School of Law, Ryan Wolfe had heard much about the vaunted Trojan network of law school alumni.
USC Law Students Compete on National Stage
Every spring semester, USC Law celebrates a new Hale Moot Court champion: a second-year student who wins the final round of competition in simulated court proceedings over fellow USC Law students.
A Lesson in Civil Rights
The Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs recently hosted its first alternative spring break trip, taking 13 USC students to Montgomery, Ala.
Annual Event Attracts Neighborhood Children
USC students recently found out how long it takes for a group of local children to find thousands of toy-filled plastic eggs hidden in Founder's Park.
Looking Back to Move Forward
Testimonies should be considered with equal validity to other forms of documentation when writing the history of the Holocaust, said Omer Bartov, a leading historian on genocide.
New Approach Needed to Help Latinos in STEM Fields
For transfer rates to improve, colleges and universities must dramatically reshape how science and mathematics is taught, according to a report.
Donor Bob Hahn Honored at Scholarship Lunch
The USC School of Pharmacy held its annual scholarship lunch on March 25 at Centennial Park.
USC Center Funds Global Religion Study
The Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC is funding research in 23 countries on one of the world’s fastest-growing religious movements: charismatic and Pentecostal Christianity.
Keck School Earns Full Accreditation
The Keck School of Medicine of USC has earned the maximum eight-year full accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.
First Conference on Military Families Held
Scholars discuss ways to handle alcohol and substance abuse, eating disorders and other illnesses experienced by personnel.
Patti, Ell Named Fellows of Social Work Society
USC School of Social Work Dean Emeritus Rino Patti and professor Kathleen Ell have been named fellows of the newly formed American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.
USC Annenberg Makes Strong Push for Sustainability
With the support of leaders and students, the communications school advances its program to go green.
Prep Students Turned Scholars
Through the Wallis Annenberg Scholars program, 60 students each year attend summer seminars on campus.
SPPD’s Kodama Lays Tracks for High-Speed Rail
Bridging theory with practice, his experience in the real world fuels professor’s interaction with students.
USC Alumni Award Honorees Set for April 24
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Taylor Hackford ’67 will receive the Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award on April 24.
LAPD Chief Offers Reassurance to Community
Charlie Beck stresses the importance of strong partnerships at USC forum on public safety.
Annenberg Foundation Establishes Scholarship Fund
The Annenberg Foundation has donated $10 million to establish the Wallis Annenberg Endowed Scholarship Fund to support students at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
USC Project Showcases Law and Innovation
Symposium features research on finance, securities regulation and contracts.
First Recipients of USC Africa Fund Named
Three USC undergraduates were chosen as the inaugural recipients of the new USC Africa Student Fund.
Health Educators Connect to Peers
USC Health Center program trains students to be friendly and informative.
Women Empower Women on Health, Careers
"Women Empowering Women” proved an apt theme for the USC Alumni Association’s second annual USC Women’s Conference, held March 12 at Bovard Auditorium and various other University Park campus locations.
Trojans Mentor Teens With Rites of Sisterhood
High school students learn about self-esteem and identity during teaching sessions on campus.
USC Again Honors Remarkable Women
USC's eighth annual Remarkable Women Awards, a ceremony sponsored by the Office of Campus Activities and Women's Student Assembly, was held on March 3.
Jason Cruz Receives International Honor
Jason Cruz, project coordinator for the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, soon will be able to decorate his workspace in the new building with an international award.
USC Wins Awards at National Pharmacy Meetings
The USC School of Pharmacy was recognized for various achievements at the annual meetings of the American Pharmacists Association and the Rho Chi Society.
USC Rossier’s Dowd Testifies Before Congress
Alicia C. Dowd, co-director of the Center for Urban Education, was one of the five participants invited to testify before members of Congress.
Philip Enquist Tapped for Alumnus Award
The Architectural Guild of the USC School of Architecture has selected Philip Enquist B.S. ’74, M.Arch ’79 as the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
SPPD Student Wins Big for Science Paper
USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development doctoral student Yiming Wang recently won the Springer Award for outstanding paper in the field of regional science for his essay, “Decomposing the Entropy Index of Racial Diversity: In Search of Two Types...
Social Welfare Advocates Honored
The life stories of Elyn Saks, Barbara Kaplan and John Milner are as distinct and varied as they are fascinating.
School of Social Work to Offer $50,000 Fellowship
In partnership with the American Case Management Association, the school is offering a fellowship in hospital case management.
Public Safety Dept. Invites Comment
The step is part of the procedure to seek accreditation from law enforcement.
Dwyer Installed as New USC Rossier Chair
David Dwyer was officially installed on March 4 as the first holder of the Katzman-Ernst Chair in Educational Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation at the USC Rossier School of Education.
Trojan League of Los Angeles Showcases SPPD
The Trojan League of Los Angeles showcased the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development on Feb. 27 at its annual benefit, which featured the theme “Creating Ideas That Shape the World.” Each year, the alumnae group selects a distinguished...
USC Alum ‘Goes Forth’ With Levi’s Social Media
Strategist Gareth Hornberger brings the venerable clothing company into a new world of digital communication.
New Media Workshop Spurs Call for Collaborations
Gathering of new media and health researchers confirms heavy interest in joint projects as the provost’s office announces a fund to help develop new research communities.
USC Alum Receives Soaring Spirit Award
Author, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Sourena Vasseghi, who was born with cerebral palsy, is honored by nonprofit Looking Beyond.
Somebody to Watch Over
First for his children and now for his grandchildren, Pedro Sandoval has accepted responsibility to watch over the USC University Park neighborhood.
Weemes Students Dream Big at Career Day
When Alexis Young walked into the fourth grade classroom at Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School, little did she know that she was the one who would be interviewed.
C. L. Max Nikias Named 11th President of USC
C. L. Max Nikias will become the 11th president of USC on Aug. 3. His appointment was announced by Edward P. Roski, Jr., chairman of the USC Board of Trustees.
Center for Sustainable Cities Moves to SPPD
The center will launch a series of seminars this month that will analyze emerging policies on sustainability.
Student Affairs Goes Green
Departments take aim at a certification program by April 1.
Ahead of His Years and Peers
Ryan Kramer was done with high school at 13 and college at 18. Soon after, he was helping Boeing develop mission concepts for planetary exploration on a part-time basis.
Scholarship Fund Reaches $10 Million Mark
The Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund marked its 30th anniversary on March 7 by announcing that it has surpassed the $10 million mark in donations.
School of Pharmacy Reaches Out to Youth
The USC School of Pharmacy hosted 150 children from Hollenbeck Middle School during the 13th annual Kids’ Day on March 5 at the Health Sciences campus.
College Programs Emerge as Good Investments
Two college access programs developed and operated by the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis have been shown to deliver the biggest difference for the dollar.
Grant to Support Home Safety for Older Adults
The homes of seniors in Los Angeles County are about to get safer, thanks to a grant from the Eisner Foundation that will support Home Safety Adaptations for the Elderly.
When Opportunity Came Calling
Mark Wapnick ’72 believes that some of his best ideas have come out of frustrating situations.
Graduates Take Career Path Less Traveled
As the senior specialist of government and community partnerships in the assets protection division of Target Corp., Florence Chung MSW ’04 has a high-pressure job.
A Future Free of Boundaries
It’s a special moment when a former student sends a postcard from Sweden, an e-mail from Egypt or a text from Brazil.
ROTC Dinner Salutes Military Service
Steven B. Sample and Edward P. Roski Jr. saluted the more than 700 USC students, faculty and staff members associated with the U.S. armed forces at a gala dinner at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel.
Job Interviews in Unexpected Places
The USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s civil engineering students were prepared to shine this year at the Sparks Construction Competition near Reno, Nev.
USC Makes Honor Roll for Community Service
USC has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Update on Chilean Students Linked to USC
When events happen around the world, there is often a connection to USC, which has dozens of international programs and boasts the largest population of international students of any American university.
Qingyun Ma Receives a Global Honor
Of the planet’s 27 most influential designers, one is a Trojan dean.
Oakes Named Director of Joint Replacement Program
Daniel A. Oakes has been named director of the USC Joint Replacement Program and associate professor of clinical orthopaedics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Sam Lopez Joins University Advancement Staff
Sam Lopez has joined USC as assistant vice president for advancement communications.
Native American Workshops Begin March 5
A series of upcoming workshops spearheaded by USC College professors Tok Thompson and Jon Berliner will revive intellectual discussions of essays on Native American history and culture.
Alumni Attitudes Gauged in New Survey
In the fall of 2009, nearly 7,500 alumni representing different generations, ethnicities, regions and USC schools participated in an online survey commissioned by the USC Alumni Association.
Keck School Students to Pursue Research
Fourth-year medical student Ashanti Franklin is not just absorbing medical knowledge this year — she’s adding to it.
Terence Sanger to Lead New Partnership
Terence D. Sanger has been appointed to head the newly formed educational leadership committee of the Health Sciences and Technology initiative.
At 100, She’s Not Nearly Dunn
USC Norris Cancer Hospital’s longest-tenured volunteer just turned 100.
Looking at Love From Both Sides
“You’re not allowed to say no,” Richard Fletcher announced to a group of students in the lobby of Century apartments. “Anyone who comes up to you, you must talk to.”
USC Social Work Awards Pearmain Prize
USC Executive Vice President and Provost C. L. Max Nikias presented the inaugural Pearmain Prize in Research on Aging to Kyriakos S. Markides — a leading scholar on aging and health issues.
USC to Host Stem Cell Drive
On Wednesday, Feb. 24 and Thursday, Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a stem cell drive on Trousdale.
USC Institute to Target Diesel Emissions
A Hong Kong shipping executive has pledged up to $4.1 million to fund a research program at USC to reduce emissions and improve combustion efficiency in marine diesel engines.
USC, NSF to Inspire Science Literacy
The USC School of Cinematic Arts and the National Science Foundation will combine the talents of researchers and entertainment scholars to inspire mass media audiences about science and engineering concepts, the two institutions announced Feb. 19.
Workforce Grows at USC Hospitals
Despite bleak employment figures across the United States, USC University Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital are experiencing a substantial hiring boom, with more growth projected for the future.
USC Awarded $25 Million NSF Grant
The National Science Foundation support will establish a new center to study the biosphere beneath the oceans.
Transit Tales
Everyone has a story about driving in L.A., but the tale of the passenger goes largely untold.
From Ball Gown to Lab Coat
At first glance, Kristen “Kristy” Cavinder ’09 may appear to be your typical pageant queen. At 21, the Orange County native has a radiant smile, fluid grace and the natural confidence of someone who knows that others are watching.
Good Listener, Great Mentor
A decade ago, USC College professor of chemistry Hanna Reisler started a monthly brownbag lunch for women in sciences across departments, providing a place to relax and air issues.
Kristin Ferguson Awarded Stimulus Grant
USC School of Social Work associate professor Kristin Ferguson has received a federal stimulus grant from the National Institute of Mental Health.
An Artful Accomplishment
Shifting on the stool in his studio as a Telemundo news anchor secured his microphone, USC Roski School of Fine Arts associate professor Robert Alderette never dreamed he would be interviewed for a feature on his life story.
Textbook Lists Added to Class Schedules
The new textbook icons on the spring Schedule of Classes add more than a splash of color. They mean that, prior to registration, textbook information for the majority of USC students’ courses is only a click away.
New Post for Carolyn Webb de Macas
On Feb. 1, Carolyn Webb de Macas, USC Vice President Emerita, was sworn in as chief of staff in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education with the U.S. Department of Education.
The Sweet Smell of Success
Imagine a figure wrapped in fine silk, dripping with diamonds and bathed in a cloud of exotic perfume. Is this a celebrity, a diva, the ghost of Liberace?
Study Links Religious Groups and Racial Bias
In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus warned religious listeners against what today would be called “ingroup prejudice”: the tendency to think less of outsiders, especially those of another race.
Retirement Needs of Latino Baby Boomers
Latino baby boomers in the United States make up a population group so diverse and heterogeneous that the common practice of lumping them into a disadvantaged underclass is entirely inappropriate, according to a new report.
X Prize Lab Starts Up at USC
The X Prize Foundation, the nonprofit organization that offers large prizes as incentives for talented researchers who tackle big problems, has come to USC.
Fall Applications Up Slightly at USC
A total of 35,630 accomplished high school seniors from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 125 countries have applied for admission to the fall entering class of USC.
For-Profit Colleges Focus of New Book
For-profit colleges such as the University of Phoenix and Capella University have expanded rapidly in recent years amid questions about their educational quality and student loan default rates.
USC Expands Military Social Work Education
The USC School of Social Work has joined the Council on Social Work Education to launch an advanced practice in military social work education initiative.
William Vega Directs Roybal Institute
William Vega, one of the nation’s leading experts on health disparities that affect aging ethnic minority populations, has been named executive director of the Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging.
Town Hall to Discuss Haiti Tragedy
All USC faculty, staff and students are invited to a town hall meeting intended to explore how the USC community can help restore and rebuild Haiti.
Hillman Award Nominations Now Accepted
The deadline to submit nominations for the USC Emeriti Center’s second annual J. Tillman Hall Staff Award for Service to USC has been extended to Feb. 25.
Record-Setting Good Neighbors Campaign
The 2009 USC Good Neighbors Campaign, launched in October in tough recessionary times, exceeded its goal with a record $1.2 million given by USC faculty and staff.
It's ‘Been There, Done That’ for Bartlett Mel
When Apple unveiled its tablet computer on Jan. 27, the proper response by Bartlett Mel of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering could have been a yawn.
USC, Korea Create an Exchange Program
The USC Korean Studies Institute, based at USC College, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korean National Assembly to establish an exchange program between USC and the South Korea equivalent of Congress.
Officials Discuss Philanthropic Leadership
With the going getting tough, the tough headed to USC for the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy’s 10th Anniversary Forum.
Seth Kurzban Named to Advisory Committee
Seth Kurzban, an assistant professor at the USC School of Social Work, has been appointed to the Gabe W. Miller Memorial Foundation advisory committee.
USC to Host Pride College Prep Day & Fair
USC’s LGBT Resource Center is calling colleges and universities from across the United States to “come out” and recruit LGBT students at the third annual West Coast Campus Pride College Prep Day & Fair.
Steven Sample and Cindy McCain Saluted at Gala
About 350 guests attended the USC Rossier School of Education Centennial Gala on Feb. 1 to honor alumna Cindy Hensley McCain MA ’78 and USC President Steven B. Sample at Town & Gown.
Conference Focuses on Education Reform
A conference hosted by the USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice brought together college enrollment and admissions experts to outline ways of remaking the nation’s educational system.
Not Taking Education for Granted
The USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative was awarded a $250,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation, a private foundation that “seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations.”
Students Pitch In for Friends and Neighbors Day
“Service is part of being a Trojan,” said Melissa Gaeke, director of the Volunteer Center at USC.
Pharmacy Student Inspires Youngsters at Homecoming
“Calm down, you’re young,” advised Ruth Awosika, addressing a group of students gathered at King Drew Medical Magnet High School to find out more about a future career in pharmacy.
Law Students to Meet Mentors
First-year law students and alumni will meet at the USC Gould School of Law’s annual Mentor Lunch on Feb. 25 in Town & Gown.
In Memoriam: Robert “Bob” Maners, 76
Robert “Bob” Maners, former executive director of development at USC, died on Dec. 8, 2009. He was 76.
New Duties for Joe Back, Kristina Raspe
The upcoming retirement of Curt Williams, vice president of campus development and facilities management, has resulted in a shift of responsibilities, said Todd Dickey, USC senior vice president of administration.
Warren Bennis Receives Leadership Award
University Professor Warren Bennis received the inaugural FrED Leadership Award in December.
USC President Gives Final Faculty Address
USC President Steven B. Sample’s last address to the faculty at Town & Gown was marked with warm and poignant moments.
Experts Discuss Economy at USC Law
Some of the nation’s leading economists gathered at the USC Gould School of Law to assess the looming fiscal crisis.
Coach Cooper Teaches Life Lessons
For Michael Cooper, former NBA star and head coach of the USC women’s basketball team, “being part of the USC family is exactly that - a family.”
Prop. 8 Trial Reenacted by USC Law
On Jan. 11, a highly anticipated federal trial on same-sex couples’ marriage rights began in a San Francisco courtroom.
John Brooks Slaughter Joins USC
John Brooks Slaughter has joined USC as professor of education and engineering with a joint appointment at the USC Rossier School of Education and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
Haiti Quake Provides Lessons for USC
The recent Haiti earthquake offers lessons in survival for USC students, faculty and staff.
Grant Goes to Early Childhood Education
The USC School for Early Childhood Education will be able to reach nearly 100 more needy parents and children through the Early Head Start program.
Dialed Into the New Campus Directory
Typographically chaste, the just-published 2010 Campus Directory is an inspiration.
Pynoos to Accept Aging Accolade
Jon Pynoos will receive the excellence in the field of aging award from the American Society of Aging for his contributions to aging-related research, advocacy and administration.
Mara Mather Wins Early Career Award
Mara Mather will receive the distinguished scientific award for early career contribution to psychology from the American Psychological Association.
Herman Ostrow Donates $35 Million to USC Dentistry
Herman Ostrow, a USC trustee, alumnus and lifelong Southern Californian, has donated $35 million to USC for its School of Dentistry.
USC Law Launches Lunchtime Series
The USC Gould School of Law will launch “CEOs and Their General Counsels,” a new lunchtime series offering discussions with high-profile chief executive officers and their top legal counsels.
The Living University Comes to Life
When University Professor Alexander Capron took over as president of the faculty on July 1, he decided to make the focus of his one-year tenure a university-wide dialogue to create an engaged, sustainable residential campus. He calls it The Living University.
New Partnership Enhances Pre-Health Programs
More than 30 percent of first-year students at USC College enroll as pre-health majors.
It’s Time for Mellon Mentoring Nominations
Mentoring at USC is the rare undertaking that rewards everyone: the apprentice, the mentor and the university.
Seven New Faculty Members Join USC Rossier
The new year has begun with growth and change in the faculty at the USC Rossier School of Education.
Two New Degree Programs at USC Rossier
The USC Rossier School of Education this fall is planning to introduce two new degree programs designed to prepare future academic advisers in college settings and future teachers of the English language.
Downtown Gallery Opens
Downtown Los Angeles has long been a hub for the city’s art scene, and last month, a new gallery moved to the neighborhood: Rivera & Rivera Gallery.
USC to Host Conference on Judaism and Homosexuality
The USC Jewish Alliance for GLBTs and Straights, in conjunction with USC Hillel and the National Union of Jewish LGBTIQQ (NUJLS) Students, will be hosting the 14th annual NUJLS leadership conference Jan. 15-17.
A Prayer Vigil and Teach-In for Haiti
The USC community joins together in voicing its heartfelt sympathy for the victims of the tragic earthquake in Haiti.
Ariela Gross Wins Short Residency in Japan
USC Law professor Ariela Gross is one of three historians nationwide selected by two scholarly organizations for a short-term residence in Japan.
Rasmussen Honored With Media Award
USC Gould School of Law Dean Robert K. Rasmussen was honored by the Association of Media and Entertainment Counsel at the fifth annual Counsel of the Year Awards in West Hollywood.
Kiffin Named USC Head Football Coach
Lane Kiffin, the one-time USC offensive coordinator who then became the head coach of the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Volunteers, has been named the Trojans’ head football coach.
USC Hosts Higher Education Conference
The USC Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice is hosting a conference to initiate debate and discussion on the future of higher education.
In Memoriam: John Cohoon, 66
John Cohoon, who worked for USC as a public relations professional for 34 years, died Jan. 9 in Pasadena. He was 66.
Pete Carroll to Coach Seattle Seahawks
Pete Carroll has resigned to become the head coach of the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks.
Professors Tapped as Fulbright Scholars
USC professors Allen Azizian, Peter John Robertson and Guilbert C. Hentschke have been selected as Fulbright Scholars for 2009-10.
Bracing for Impact
Brace for Impact, a documentary about the 2009 landing of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, will air Jan. 13 at 10 p.m. on TLC.
USC Law to Host Fiscal Conference
Some of the nation’s leading economists, budget policy experts and tax authorities will meet at the USC Gould School of Law.
Tracing the Roots of Discrimination
Maria Elena Martinez’s book, Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion and Gender in Colonial Mexico, the first in-depth study of the purity of blood concept and repercussions, has won two awards.
USC Hospitals Launch New Ad Campaign
USC has launched a new integrated advertising campaign designed to market its private hospitals to consumers.
In Memoriam: Rory Markas, 54
Rory Markas, the play-by-play announcer for the USC men’s basketball team, died Jan. 4 at his home in Palmdale. He was 54.
USC Announces Sanctions on Men’s Basketball Team
USC announced that it has implemented self-imposed sanctions on its men’s basketball program for violating NCAA rules.
Taking a Poetic Path
The question is often asked: What does one do with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing?
Beware of Manufactured Fears
Plane crashes, road rage, child abductions, unwed mothers, teenage promiscuity and more. When USC sociologist Barry Glassner looked at the American decade of the 1990s, he saw a society reeling from one scare to another — and usually for no reason.
Adding Funds to the Equation
Aravind Asok, assistant professor of mathematics at USC College, has been awarded a $135,552 federal stimulus grant by the National Science Foundation.
Innovative Surgery Performed in L.A.
A Los Angeles mother recently became the first person on the West Coast to donate a kidney using a pioneering procedure that makes it less challenging for many people to give the gift of life to loved ones by decreasing recovery time and post-surgical pain.
USC Rossier Achieves Diversity
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education released its top 100 institutions to issue doctoral degrees to minority students for 2009, and USC Rossier School of Education received many of the highest rankings.
A Sharp Sense for Scents
Ever wondered why incense smells the way it does or why a certain scent was chosen for a specific occasion?
Law Graduates Step Up to the Bar
More than 100 USC Gould School of Law graduates returned to campus to participate in a swearing-in ceremony that officially marked the start of their careers as lawyers.
Center for Urban Education Marks 10-Year Anniversary
The USC Center for Urban Education celebrated a “Decade of Making a Difference” at the California African American Museum.
Enhanced Security Measures on Campus
USC soon will institute a new electronic lock system for access to nine classroom and office buildings on the University Park campus.
Inspired by Youth Empowerment Conference
Individuals are not defined by your Zip code. That was the message hundreds of high school students heard at USC’s Youth Empowerment Conference.
Saks’ Memoir Receives Lasting Tribute
Pelham Woods, a women’s mental health hospital in Surrey, England, is naming a hospital ward after USC Gould School of Law professor Elyn Saks.
Berger Honored by Japanese Government
Gordon Berger, professor emeritus of history at USC College, received the 2009 decoration of The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays With Neck Ribbon, from the government of Japan.
Celebrating a Time for Reflection
Bundled up against the cold, scores of USC students, parents and staff joined members of the surrounding community on Dec. 4 for El Centro Chicano’s 11th annual La Posada.
USC Taps Leading Interdisciplinary Scholar
USC has recruited Mathew D. McCubbins, a nationally recognized interdisciplinary scholar at the University of California, San Diego, to join the faculty in January as a Provost Professor.
In Memoriam: Stephen E. Toulmin, 87
Stephen Edelston Toulmin, University Professor Emeritus and one of the most influential ethical philosophers of the latter half of the 20th century, has died. He was 87.
He Bridges the Gap in Scientific Knowledge
Born decades after the devastating 1940 collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and on the other side of the earth, Omid Nohadani is developing mathematical methodology to ensure such a catastrophe never happens again.
Funds Raised for New USC Research Center
A fund-raiser netted $70,000 to benefit the USC Community Health and Wellness Research Center at the Competitive Athletic Training Zone, a joint project involving the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy.
USC Law Announces New Vision Statement
“Our vision statement captures both how the board views the law school and how we view ourselves,” dean Robert Rasmussen said. “We have had many wonderful discussions about the value of legal education and why we are committed to USC Law.”
Robert Rueda Appointed to Crocker Professorship
Robert Rueda, professor of psychology in education at the USC Rossier School of Education, has been appointed to hold the Stephen H. Crocker Professorship in Education.
Etta Hollins Bound for University of Missouri
Former USC Rossier School of Education professor Etta Ruth Hollins has announced her departure after nearly a decade of focusing on education in urban settings.
Undergrad Education in 360 Degrees
A comprehensive new Web site designed to capture USC’s vibrant and wide-ranging undergraduate experience has debuted at
Youngsters Prove to be Good Sports
It’s not every day that elementary school students get to show off their athletic skills on a major university campus.
New Nanoscience Labs Are Completed
After four years - a blink of an eye in research time - the USC Biomedical Nanoscience Initiative has built out the core laboratories specified in Executive Vice President and Provost C. L. Max Nikias’ original vision.
USC Leads Way in Transformative Grants
USC recently learned that it fared remarkably well in a new grant program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Zumberge Awards Call for Proposals
A call for proposals for USC’s annual faculty research grant programs has been announced by the Office of the Provost.
USC Annenberg Increases Research Funding
Faculty at the USC Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism received a record amount of research funding in the 2009 fiscal year, sparked in part by major health communication grants.
In Memoriam: Linda Dean Maudlin ’61
Former USC Alumni Association president and USC trustee Linda Dean Maudlin died on Nov. 26. She was 70.
Braun to Lead Keck School Development
Ann Braun will join the Keck School of Medicine of USC as executive director of development and senior associate dean for resource development, effective Feb. 1.
Chevron Checks in for USC Viterbi
Chevron executives presented a check for $975,000 to dean Yannis C. Yortsos and professor Iraj Ershaghi of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering during a television commercial break at the USC-Stanford football game.
Local Nonprofits Compete at Fast Pitch
The second annual Social Innovation Fast Pitch, which builds awareness and visibility for local nonprofits tackling some of the city’s toughest problems, was held Nov. 11 at USC.
Student Finalists in Landscape Competition
Two USC School of Architecture teams from the Master of Landscape Architecture program were among the six finalists in the WPA 2.0: Working Public Architecture Student Competition.
Thanksgiving Cast in a New Light
Growing up in the 1950s and 60s, Lawrence Neinstein’s idea of a traditional Thanksgiving was a day with family, parades and Detroit Lions football games on TV.
Sexual Risk Behavior Among Homeless Men
USC School of Social Work professor Suzanne Wenzel has received nearly $2 million in federal stimulus money to help understand the sexual risk behavior of homeless men and their attitudes toward women in an effort to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Beware of Your Bad Behavior
Like it or not, people all have standard patterns of behavior - good and bad habits - that are difficult to change even if they are fortunate enough to recognize them.
USC Student Named to Commission on Aging
Inspiration struck USC gerontology student Lynne Reynolds when she noticed that a large number of seniors living alone in her Berkeley neighborhood were rarely visited by friends or relatives.
USC Heart Transplant Program Receives Award
USC University Hospital received a Heart Transplant Excellence Award from the independent health care ratings organization HealthGrades, ranking among the top 1 percent of hospitals in the United States that perform heart transplants.
Contested Sites Disclosed in Jerusalem
A team of American, Israeli and Palestinian experts has developed the first map detailing 40 years of Israeli archaeological activity in the West Bank and Jerusalem - much of it never publicly disclosed.
Caregiver Conference Held in Los Angeles
Caregivers from Los Angeles County gathered downtown at the Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral on Nov. 7 for the 10th annual Caring for the Caregiver Conference.
Bright Images in the City of Light
We’ve all heard the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” so often that it has begun to lose its meaning. A single image, according to the saying, can tell a story better than mere text.
Once a Trojan, Always a Trojan
Superstition aside, Friday, Nov. 13 proved to be a lucky day for the approximately 260 attendees at the Half Century Trojans Annual Luncheon at Town & Gown.
Peter Guber Leads the Way as Storyteller
“Leaders are great storytellers,” said entertainment industry stalwart Peter Guber in a lecture hosted by the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
Wolf Pack Gathers for 50-Year Celebration
While many things have changed at USC over the last 50 years, professor Walter Wolf has remained a consistent force at the School of Pharmacy.
USC Faculty to Help Paramount School District
A multidisciplinary collaboration aims to transform middle school science and math education in the Paramount Unified School District by harnessing the expertise of USC faculty.
Dinner Salute to the Samples, Marilyn Horne
The USC Thornton School of Music’s 23rd Annual Charles Dickens Dinner, to be held on Dec. 11 at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, will herald two turning points in the university’s history.
Improving End-of-Life Care for African Americans
Since hospice care became a Medicare benefit nearly 25 years ago, terminally ill minorities have encountered numerous barriers in accessing its services.
Brain Has an Innate Sense of Geometry
Despite minimal exposure to the regular geometric objects found in developed countries, African tribal people perceive shapes as well as westerners, according to a new study.
USC Leads in Enrollment of International Students
USC enrolled more international students than any other American institution of higher education. according to the annual Open Doors report issued today by the Institute of International Education.
A New Generation of Visual Anthropologists
Twenty-six years ago, the first visual research center at USC was founded by Academy Award winner Barbara Myerhoff (Number Our Days).
Blazing a Trail to Education Innovation
David Dwyer is serious about change. It’s a focus that has grown out of a distinguished, decades-long career as an entrepreneur, educator, researcher and technologist, and one he brings with him to his new position as the USC Rossier School...
Grants to USC Faculty Top $100 Million
When Congress enacted the economic stimulus package, or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), universities around the country cheered the government’s reinvestment in science and the opportunities it presented to advance human knowledge.
USC Students Engage Children Every Week
Two days before Halloween, the lounge of USC’s Centennial apartments looked like a cross between a pumpkin patch and an art supply store.
Are There Answers for the Big Questions?
While working on Philosophical Analysis in the Twentieth Century, Volumes 1 and 2, a definitive two-volume history of analytic philosophy, Scott Soames came to a conclusion that a less-reasoned mind might consider rather bleak: There will never be another philosopher in quite the vein of Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume or Kant.
Moving Testimonials at Good Neighbors Dinner
“I am a product of the impoverished families that struggle every day,” said new lawyer Yuri Guardado as she gave heartfelt thanks to the USC Trojans who help fund the Neighborhood Academic Initiative.
Help Your Neighbors Succeed With Office Attire
Is your tie circa 2001? Heels not up to fashion snuff anymore? Now you can make room in your closet and put your old office garb to good use.
Culture Classes Explain Yankeedom
The day’s topic was “History, Values and Religion.” On the chalkboard a professor wrote: “Please describe one major difference you have noticed between Americans and people from your home country.”
Saving the Elderly From Mistreatment
The Los Angeles Caregiver Resource Center and the Andrus Center Volunteers hosted a seminar on preventing the mistreatment of older persons at the USC Davis School of Gerontology on Nov. 4.
Legislative Day Focuses on Health Care Reform
USC School of Pharmacy students and faculty had the opportunity to discuss the timely subject of health care reform with elected officials at the school’s annual Legislative Day, held on Nov. 6 at Town & Gown.
A Lesson on Grieving
The USC Davis School of Gerontology hosted a trip on Oct. 30 to the Glendale branch of the Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries for a lesson on the grieving process.
Seeking the Truth of the Khmer Rouge
Born and raised in Prasat, a small village in Cambodia, Kosal Path was a child when the radical Communist Khmer Rouge came into power, igniting a genocide that would end in the massacre of nearly two million citizens.
Reunion Weekend Triple Feature
More than 860 alumni and friends returned to USC to evoke fond memories, create new ones and renew support for their alma mater during Reunion Weekend 2009.
Students Honored for Helping the Underserved
Six students in the USC Primary Care Physician Assistant Program have been named National Health Service Corps scholars by the U.S. Bureau of Health Professions.
USC Start-ups Raise $115M in Two Years
Since the beginning of 2008, 15 USC spin-off companies have raised approximately $115 million in financing.
President Steven B. Sample to Retire in August
Steven B. Sample, president of the University of Southern California since 1991, announced on Nov. 2 that he will retire in August 2010.
Innovator Students Sweep Parents Weekend
In the not-so-distant future, the world may have a new model for carbon offsetting, inexpensive emergency shelters based on the principles of origami and robotic assistants for people with disabilities.
Ault Named Associate Dean for Clinical Administration
Reflecting the importance of the partnership between the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center (LAC+USC), Glenn Ault has been appointed to the new position of associate dean for clinical administration.
Higher Education Group Honors Sanchez
USC College professor George Sanchez has been selected as the outstanding Latino/a faculty in higher education research institutions by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Inc.
Political Lobbying Guidelines Offered
Each year, USC interacts with hundreds of elected officials at the national, state and local levels.
A Memorable Weekend for Trojan Parents
A record-breaking crowd of 5,000 parents signed up for the three-day Trojan Parens Weekend, 4,800 attended a pregame tailgate picnic and 7,000 cheered on the team at the USC vs. Oregon State football game.
Memory Center Launches New Web Site
The USC Memory and Aging Center, a pioneer in research and treatment for dementia and Alzheimer disease, launched its new Web site this month aimed at expanding collaborative research and increasing referrals of older adults with age-related cognitive disorders.
USC Rossier to Salute McCain and Sample
In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the USC Rossier School of Education will host a Centennial Gala fund-raiser on Feb 1 honoring alumna Cindy Hensley McCain BA ’76, MA ’78, the wife of Sen. John McCain, and USC President Steven B. Sample.
USC Viterbi Faculty Earn $23.6 Million in Grants
Faculty researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have won $23.6 million in funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
New Cancer Research Center to be Based at USC
USC has been selected to establish a $16 million cancer research center as part of a new strategy against the disease by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and its National Cancer Institute.
Good Neighbors Nearing Its Oct. 31 Deadline
Stay active and stay healthy - that important message has been delivered to hundreds of children as part of the Fit Families Program from the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy.
USC Students Hit the Storybooks
The students in Ray Wong’s first-grade class at Weemes Elementary School were working quietly until they noticed the arrival of the USC students that read to them weekly.
Operations Research Expert to Join USC Viterbi
A scholar with operations research interests who has contributed to algorithm design and optimization is the first recipient of the Epstein Family Chair in the Daniel Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Keck School Wins $34 Million in Stimulus Funds
Faculty researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have won a total of $34 million in grants as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Klinger Named Director of USC Hospitality
Kris Klinger ’92 has been named the new director of USC Hospitality.
Effectiveness of After-School Tutoring Studied
Schools that fail to increase academic achievement three years in a row are required to offer their low-income students supplemental educational services, or extra tutoring outside of the school day, according to federal No Child Left Behind mandates.
SCholars Join the Trojan Family
The USC SCholars Program, a grant-funded initiative created to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students transferring from community colleges to selective research universities in California, is breaking new ground.
Record Numbers Expected for Parents Weekend
A record number of parents have registered to attend Trojan Parents Weekend. More than 4,300 parents are expected, up from 1,700 parents in 2003.
Sports Camp Programs Reach Out
Every year, hundreds of community children come to the USC campus to play football and other sports.
New Web Site Targets USC’s Outreach
It’s no secret that USC, which recently was named tops in community engagement among all colleges and universities, has a multitude of flourishing programs and projects in the neighborhoods surrounding its campuses.
ShakeOut Drill a Success at USC
Approximately 300 volunteers participated in a USC earthquake drill held on the Health Sciences campus on Oct. 15.
Megacities Center to Study Water Main Breaks
A recent rash of well-publicized breaks in Southern California water mains disrupted commutes and destroyed streets. Now, USC Viterbi School of Engineering professor Jean-Pierre Bardet, director of the USC Center on Megacities, will lead an effort to find causes.
O.C. Trojans Welcome the Provost
Approximately 300 alumni and university leaders gathered at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach on Oct. 7 to spend an evening with USC Executive Vice President and Provost C. L. Max Nikias.
Thanksgiving Match-up Seeks Local Hosts
USC’s Office of International Services invites Trojans to host USC international students for a Thanksgiving dinner.
USC Libraries Sets Good Neighbors Goal
USC Libraries Dean Catherine Quinlan has offered a special incentive to encourage USC Libraries faculty and staff members to participate in the USC Good Neighbors Campaign, which concludes Oct. 31.
Two Elected to the Institute of Medicine
USC professors Mark Humayun and Dana Goldman have been named to the Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.
Amateur Radio Club Members Tune Into Drill
If cell phone and telephone systems are knocked out during a disaster, at least three people at the Health Sciences campus stand a chance of reaching out to the outside world.
Thinking Outside the White Box
“I am not part this or part that but whole. I am me.” That’s how one of USC’s multiracial students described herself at the Face It!: Project ReMiX Kickoff event at El Centro Chicano.
USC Again Tops Saviors of Our Cities List
USC is the most neighborly college in the country, according to Evan S. Dobelle, president of Westfield State College.
Farmers Markets Dot USC Neighborhood
A cornucopia of fresh produce and vegetables awaits shoppers at the Adams/Vermont Farmers Market, one of at least seven open throughout the week in the neighborhoods surrounding USC.
In Memoriam: Herbert A. de Vries, 91
Herbert A. de Vries, a professor emeritus of kinesiology at USC College who was known as the father of exercise and aging, has died. He was 91.
Jane Goodall Spreads Message of Hope
Jane Goodall, internationally renowned anthropologist and world conservationist, filled Bovard Auditorium on Oct. 6 with both a capacity crowd and, more importantly, a renewed sense of hope for a world in need.
Sadan Installed as School of Dentistry Dean
During the search for the new dean of the USC School of Dentistry, one candidate truly stood out from the others, USC President Steven B. Sample said.
Alumni Meet the Deans in San Francisco
More than 200 Trojans attended the inaugural “Meet the Deans” reception Oct. 2 in San Francisco’s landmark Westin St. Francis Hotel in Union Square.
Undergrad Research a Priority at College
As a creative writing major, Schaeffer Nelson ’10 did not know what a research project would look like for him and so he sought the advice of his professors before applying for a research grant.
Lasher Joins University Advancement Staff
Pete Lasher, whose fund-raising experience spans 17 years at three top-tier universities, has joined USC as associate senior vice president for university advancement.
Alums Are the Toast of the Campus
Alumni volunteers recently assembled on campus for the eighth annual USC Alumni Leadership Conference, the most ambitious to date.
New Name for USC Annenberg School
The USC Board of Trustees has voted to change the name of the USC Annenberg School for Communication to the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.
Gallagher Accepts Social Responsibility Award
USC Rossier School of Education Dean Karen Symms Gallagher was honored by the Los Angeles Urban League Oct. 2 at the 88th Urban League Annual Membership Luncheon.
A Brand of Complex Research
Traveling 7,600 miles to Jordan, Laurie Brand began her massive research project that also will take her to Algeria, Egypt and Lebanon before the end of 2010.
Social Work Receives Three Grants
Three faculty members at the USC School of Social Work have received newly announced grants.
Kassner to Direct Office of Naval Research
Michael E. Kassner, a professor in the USC Viterbi School Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, has been named director of research of the Office of Naval Research.
Volunteer Victims Wanted for ShakeOut
The Great California ShakeOut needs volunteer victims for a mass casualty drill on the Health Sciences campus.
D.C. Research Office Honored
Provost C. L. Max Nikias honored the achievements of the USC D.C. Office of Research Advancement and its executive director Steven Moldin at a Town & Gown ceremony.
A Conversation With Arthur C. Bartner
“I’m married to this job. You can’t separate the band from me, me from the band.” So said Arthur C. Bartner after four decades leading the Spirit of Troy.
Public Safety Releases Security Report
The USC Department of Public Safety has released its annual Security Report, as required by law under the Clery Act.
Celebrating 15 Years of Helping Others
Fifteen years ago, USC President Steven B. Sample had a vision.
Kevin Starr Examines Postwar California
The eighth volume of historian Kevin Starr’s omnibus look at California, detailing the ascendency of the state in the post-World War II era, had the exquisite timing of appearing in July, at the very moment the Golden State was bankrupt.
Troy Camp Takes Local Kids Beyond City Limits
“It’s their first time away from Los Angeles and the smog, the first time they see the stars at night, the first time they ride a horse.”
Preparing for a Major ShakeOut
As USC gets ready to take part in the Great California ShakeOut at 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 15, some university divisions are proving to be star pupils in the preparedness department.
When Pain Is a Killer
Ten years ago, author John West’s father, a well-known psychiatrist, asked him to perform an act of compassion so significant that it would change his life.
Does Wisdom Come With Age?
Sidney Harman, founder and former CEO of audio-equipment giant Harman International Industries and the first Judge Widney Professor of Business at USC, presented a lecture at the USC Davis School of Gerontology on Sept. 23.
Panel to Preview Supreme Court Term
The USC Gould School of Law will present the second annual “U.S. Supreme Court: A Preview."
In Memoriam: Arnold Heidsieck, 72
Arnold Heidsieck, professor of philosophy at USC College, preeminent scholar in German and European intellectual history and literature, has died. He was 72.
Fossils Fuel Their Imagination
David Bottjer and Luis Chiappe have established the College’s Center for Chinese Fossil Discoveries.
Dana Goldman to Head Schaeffer Center
Dana Goldman, a widely respected expert in health economics, has been named director of the new Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at USC.
Federal Grant Helps Math for America L.A.
Math for America Los Angeles was awarded $1.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds through a National Science Foundation grant.
USC Freshman Class Gets High Marks
USC’s entering undergraduate student body is the most academically talented in the university’s 129-year history.
Bartner Lets It Fly at Dodger Stadium
It was USC Night at Chavez Ravine on Sept. 14, so naturally, the Dodgers asked the USC Marching Band to play at the game. And, oh yes, could director Arthur C. Bartner throw out the first pitch?
New Health Policy and Economics Center at USC
A major new research center focused on health policy and economics has been established at USC, USC Executive Vice President and Provost C. L. Max Nikias announced.
Elyn Saks Wins MacArthur Foundation Award
USC Gould School of Law professor and Associate Dean Elyn Saks has been selected as a 2009 fellow of the MacArthur Foundation. Saks is the first fellow selected from the faculty of USC and one of only 24 selected for this year’s awards.
New Hope in Old Hawaii
At principal Tim Lino’s Hawaiian school, each day starts with “wa oli.”
Neighborhood Restaurants Strike Gold
Every year Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold releases his list of 99 “Essential L.A. Restaurants” in LA Weekly.
Great ShakeOut Drill’s Ties to USC
Want to find out who’s responsible for making you squat under your desk at 10:15 a.m. on 10/15?
Old Secrets to a Long, Healthy Life
Analysis of ancient texts by USC Davis School of Gerontology professor Caleb Finch reveals that some ancient writers believed the diet influenced longevity.
Japhet Wins Rogers Award for Education
Garth Japhet, the creator of Soul City, a multimedia program in South Africa, is the 2009 recipient of the Everett M. Rogers Award for Achievement in entertainment education.
New Guide Helps Students Bound for College
A new practice guide released on Sept. 15 by the Institute of Education Sciences recommends five steps that educators, administrators and policy makers can take to increase access to higher education for students, starting in the 9th grade.
In Memoriam: Monte Clark, 72
Monte Clark, the co-captain of the 1958 USC football team who later played and coached in the National Football League, died on Sept. 16 in Detroit, Mich. He was 72.
USC Computer Scientist Wins Mathematics Prize
Shanghua Teng, recently named chairman of computer science department at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, has won a 2009 Delbert Ray Fulkerson Prize, an honor presented only every three years.
USC Marks Constitution Day
On Sept. 17, 1787, 39 of the 55 delegates attending the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution, forging a new government for the United States of America.
Student Volunteers Jumpstart Preschoolers
Getting a jumpstart on kindergarten - that’s the opportunity neighborhood children have, thanks to a new partnership between the USC Volunteer Center and Jumpstart, a national early childhood education program.
New Bio Gets Good Yardage From Carroll
Never idle on the sidelines, Pete Carroll lives by the deceptively simple mantra of “always compete.”
In Memoriam: Berle Adams, 92
Berle Adams, longtime supporter of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, died on Aug. 25 after a long illness. He was 92.
In Memoriam: Lillian Fluor, 87
Lillian Fluor, widow of former USC trustee J. Robert Fluor, died Sept. 2 at her home in Newport Beach. She was 87.
USC Law Announces New Tax Law Program
The USC Gould School of Law is launching a new graduate tax law program for practicing attorneys and recent law graduates.
Get Hands-on Emergency Training
Are you prepared for an earthquake or fire in your office or home? Specifically, do you know how to use a fire extinguisher? Have fully-stocked disaster survival kits where you work and sleep?
In Memoriam: Jane O’Brien Dart, 90
Jane O’Brien Dart, wife of former USC trustee Justin W. Dart, died at her home in Pebble Beach on April 8 after a lengthy illness. She was 90.
USC Thornton Toasts 125 Melodious Years
The USC Thornton School of Music, one of the oldest and most illustrious music schools in the country, celebrated its 125th anniversary in grand style at Town & Gown on Sept. 10.
Aggressive Hiring Planned at Hospitals
Matthew F. McElrath, the new chief human resources officer at the USC hospitals, faces a tough challenge.
Ready to Make His Mark
Clay Matthews III has a tough act to follow. His father and uncle played in the National Football League.
Multiple Honors for Law Professor’s Book
USC Gould School of Law professor Ariela Gross has won three prestigious awards for her book What Blood Won’t Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America, which chronicles racial identity trials in American courts.
From Loading Dock to Lunch Spot
What once was a loading dock in an industrial building at 3434 S. Grand Ave. has become a full-service caf for USC employees, the latest offering from USC Hospitality.
A Hard-Fought Battle
When Paul Roybal began his Ph.D. work at the Keck School of Medicine of USC in 2003, he had the world at his fingertips.
LGBT Center to Host Weekend Seminar
The USC LGBT Resource Center is moving to the front lines of the civil rights battle against Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban that has in been in effect in California since the November 2008 election.
USC Orientation, Welcome Week a Big Draw
As the school year shifts into gear, USC’s two signature transition programs for new students, Orientation and Welcome Week, have come to an end after setting record attendance numbers.
A Dual Labor of Love
USC College lecturer Vicki Forman’s new book, This Lovely Life, is a personal story that explains the conflicting emotions the author went through after going into labor prematurely in 2000 and giving birth to twins.
Historic First for Social Work
On Aug. 24, USC School of Social Work graduate students Cassandra Rush and Jason Imhoof took their first steps toward becoming among the first students nationwide to earn a master’s degree in social work with a specialization in military and veteran services.
Freshmen Give Back to the Community
During their first weekend as Trojans, hundreds of USC freshmen chose to volunteer their time and services in the community they just started calling home.
Sampling a Slice of College Life
Inside a science lab at USC, two high school students stared at a preserved sheep kidney on a tray. Looking like a giant chili bean, the organ is roughly the size of a computer mouse.
Silverstein Named Social Sciences Editor
The Gerontological Society of America — the country’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has named Merril Silverstein editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.
Renaissance at Hoover and Union
There’s a new destination for dinner, drinks and a show. Call it Ho-Un, in the tradition of No-Ho for North Hollywood.
Carroll Taps Matt Barkley as Starter
Matt Barkley has been named USC’s starting quarterback, Coach Pete Carroll has announced.
The Power of Attorneys
A hushed gallery watches as the defense attorney, dapper in a navy pants suit and rectangular glasses, gestures dramatically with her hands.
Renowned Breast Surgeon Joins USC Faculty
Stephen Sener has been named professor of clinical surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Deep Thinking on a Pivotal Program
The Ed.D. program in the USC Rossier School of Education offers an innovative approach to doctoral dissertations.
Scholarship Set in Honor of Latina Trailblazer
The Hortencia “Tessie” M. Torres Endowed Scholarship has been established by her children, two USC alumni, in a $250,000 gift.
Medal of Freedom Goes to Medicine Crow
Joseph Medicine Crow MA ’39, who received an honorary doctor of humane letters from USC in 2003, was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Harold Slavkin Hailed for His Research
The American Dental Association has named Harold Slavkin, professor and former dean of the USC School of Dentistry, winner of the 2009 Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Research.
Trojan Football Adds a New Dimension
Fans can watch the live ESPN telecast of the Sept. 12 USC football game at Ohio State in 3-D for free at USC’s Galen Center.
Pharmacy School Welcomes Class of 2013
The USC School of Pharmacy greeted 187 students to the four-year, postgraduate program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
Walking in the Shoes of Elders
Students at the USC Davis School of Gerontology celebrated the new academic year by “becoming senior citizens” thanks to Trading Ages, an interactive senior sensitivity training program sponsored by SCAN Health Plan.
National Forum Notes Model Created by Center for Urban Education
A public forum sponsored by White House education officials at Long Beach City College started out on Aug. 20 with a nod of recognition for the community college’s efforts to improve transfer rates to four-year universities.
In Memoriam: Linda Clingerman
Linda Jeane Clingerman, former director of policy development and communication, died of a heart attack on Aug. 9 at home in San Gabriel.
In Memoriam: Arts Patron Virginia Ramo, 93
Virginia Ramo, a USC alumna, life trustee and 2002 recipient of the university’s highest honor, the Presidential Medallion, died Aug. 19. She was 93.
Trojans to Volunteer for Service Day
Before classes even start, USC students are already hard at work - in the community.
Virtual Worlds May Act Like Developing Economies
How would a massive multiplayer game respond to an economic collapse?
Mancall Charts His Journey to Daily Show
Historian Peter Mancall prepared for his appearance on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart by re-reading his own book.
USC Awarded $2.4M Grant to Study Autism
Researchers at the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute have been awarded a $2.4 million grant to conduct research on the effects of gene mutation and pollution on autism spectrum disorder.
A Future in Wellness Awaits
For the past three years, the USC School of Dentistry has helped several underrepresented minority students make their way to dental school.
Adlai Wertman Named to L.A. Commission
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has appointed USC Marshall School of Business professor Adlai Wertman as a commissioner of the Los Angeles Police and Fire Pension Fund, which oversees the $11.9 billion uniformed employee pension portfolio.
Forum Filled With Fresh Smiles
The USC School of Dentistry’s Mobile Dental Clinic has joined forces with other Southern California health care providers to provide free health services at the Forum in Inglewood through Aug. 18.
Advantage Goes to Three-Generation Households
Living in a three-generation household can enhance the economic well-being of children, according to a new study from researchers at USC and the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Berney to Join School of Architecture
Rachel Berney has been appointed assistant professor of architecture at the USC School of Architecture.
Natural Language Experts to Take on Undeciphered Scripts
The National Science Foundation has awarded Kevin Knight and collaborators $1.6 million to develop computational tools to analyze texts in now-unreadable writing systems.
In Memoriam: William Robert Smith, 91
William Robert Smith, who helped establish the elite reputation of USC Marshall’s Leventhal School of Accounting, died on July 8. He was 91.
American Psychology Assn. Honors Bob Knight
Bob Knight will receive an award for the Advancement of Psychology and Aging from the American Psychological Association Committee on Aging.
USC Hospitals Rank High in New Report
USC University Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital ranked first and second among Los Angeles hospitals in new ratings by Consumer Reports of more than 3,400 hospitals nationwide.
Don’t Stop Believing
Curled in a blanket, Kristin Hanggi was in her Manhattan apartment writing a journal and anxiously listening to the Tony Award nominations.
A Novel Way to Work With Youngsters
Fourth grader Alex Flores clamps down hard on a pencil to finish his story that begins “One day I came to school and no one was there.”
A Summer Program Well Worth the Time
Victor Cruz Jr. admitted he had reservations about forgoing summertime indulgences such as sleeping in late for a month of intensive writing and college preparation at USC.
John Schulman to Head New Law Program
Former Warner Bros. executive John Schulman has been recruited by the USC Gould School of Law to head its new entertainment law program.
Basic College Skills Right on CUE
For some community college students, the gap between what they learned in high school and what they need to know to succeed in college credit courses is a vast one.
A Tribute to U.S. Resilience
A comprehensive study spearheaded by the USC-based Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) has determined that the economic impacts of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack were actually less severe than previously estimated.
True Colors Shine Through Golden Years
The cadre of USC alumni who had earned their bachelor’s degrees at least 50 years earlier met for the first time the morning of June 11, 1949. Sixty years later, the group’s mission remains the same.
Their Future Is Now
Alexa Sieracki is one of 33 incoming freshmen in the Resident Honors Program. Each year, the program offers approximately 30 students the opportunity to enter USC College after their junior year of high school.
USC Rossier Gets Four New Faculty Members
Four new faculty with diverse experience and expertise have joined the USC Rossier School of Education.
USC Annenberg Remembers Walter Cronkite
The USC Annenberg School for Communication remembers the life and legacy of former CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite, who died on July 17, leaving an extraordinary mark on journalism.
50 Jobs, 50 States, 50 Weeks
In the fall of 2008, USC College alum Daniel Seddiqui embarked on an unusual career path — working 50 jobs, each for one week, in 50 states. He’s experiencing 50 first days on the job. And he’s doing this on purpose.
Summer Blast Olympics Begins July 27
This summer, Trojans can join the USC Department of Professional Development’s Summer Blast Olympics.
Winstein Delivers Annual McMillan Lecture
Carolee Winstein delivered the 40th annual McMillan Lecture in Baltimore on June 11. The lecture is the highest honor bestowed on an individual by the American Physical Therapy Association.
School of Pharmacy Hosts Managed Care Program
The USC chapter of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy held a two-day conference at the USC Orange County Center in Irvine.
USC Hospitals Ranked Among Best in the Nation
USC University Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital placed among the best hospitals in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report magazine’s 20th annual rankings of “America’s Best Hospitals,” published in the July 21 issue.
Tutor Center Earns Green Building Award
With its doors yet to open to the public, the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center has already won an award.
SPPD Fellowship Program Earns Award
The first class of graduates from the USC City/County Management Fellowship program just received their diplomas in May and already the program has earned an award from the public administration community.
Computer Scientist Teng to Join USC
Shang-Hua Teng, a theoretical computer scientist with broad experience in both academia and industry, will join the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science as professor and chair beginning in the fall.
Quartet Credits USC Trio Program
One by one, Blanca Martinez prepared her daughters for success. She gave up her job and essentially her life to drive them six days a week to the 32nd Street/USC Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School and to special afternoon and Saturday classes at USC Trio.
Royalty Honors David Warburton
USC professor David Warburton received the insignia of an officer in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace.
Coates and Wood Receive Top Honors
Keck School professors Thomas D. Coates and John C. Wood are recipients of the 13th H. Russell Smith Award for Innovation in Pediatric Biomedical Research.
Leo Mascarenhas Receives Inaugural Award
Leo Mascarenhas, associate professor of clinical pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, received the inaugural Walter Laug Distinguished Teaching Award on June 20.
Mellon Grant Supports Graduate Research
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has approved a three-year $883,000 grant for the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute’s programs for 2009 to 2012.
A Marriage of Two Minds
Peter Mancall and Lisa Bitel enjoy more in common than many married couples. Both are historians at USC College. Both are Harvard University grads. And both have written newly released books.
New Online Program Draws Diverse Students
The MAT@USC cohort, which officially starts this summer, is a strikingly diverse group that reflects the school’s long-running commitment to promoting diversity in education.
In Memoriam: Raymond A. Watt, 90
Raymond A. Watt, a USC trustee and a prominent Southern California real estate developer who has been credited as being among the first in California to develop condominiums and timeshares, died of natural causes in Rancho Mirage on July 7. He was 90.
A Chip Off an Old Block
Speeches, tributes, gifts and music marked a retirement lunch celebrating two decades of accomplishments by Csar Pia, the outgoing chief of the USC Viterbi School’s Metal Oxide Silicon Implementation System (MOSIS).
Start Spreading the NYC News
Nearly 400 people gathered at New World Stages theatre in New York City on June 29 for the inaugural Tommy Awards honoring five USC alumni for their contributions to the business, arts and sports communities in New York.
USC Awards $850,000 to Community Programs
USC Neighborhood Outreach awarded $850,000 to nearly 40 neighborhood programs at ceremonies on the University Park and Health Sciences campuses during the week of June 8.
Ken Taylor Retires After Long Career
Leaving a legacy as long as his list of admirers, Ken Taylor, assistant vice president for student affairs, retired in May after nearly 25 years of service.
In Memoriam: Herbert G. Klein, 91
Herbert G. Klein, a veteran journalist and the White House’s first director of communications, died on July 2. He was 91.
Michael Segerblom Sails Into Hall of Fame
Michael Segerblom, head coach and program director of the USC varsity sailing team, was named a 2009 inductee into the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Hall of Fame.
Design Award Goes to The Lab
The Lab, an off-campus restaurant whose design elements are reminiscent of a science lab, has received a People’s Choice Award from AIA/Los Angeles, a local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
He’s in the Swing of Things
As Tom Glissmeyer ’09 teed up at the U.S. Open Championship in 2003, he had plenty to be nervous about. This was his first PGA Tour event and, at 16, he was the youngest player in contention. Tiger Woods was one hole ahead of him, Vijay Singh one behind.
Pledging a Day’s Wages
On July 1, USC Gould School of Law students will head to their summer jobs and put in a full day’s work with no expectation of a paycheck. Instead, their salaries will go to a good cause: the Public Interest Law Foundation’s Pledge-A-Day fund-raiser.
USC Welcomes Oncologist David Agus
Noted oncologist and cancer researcher David B. Agus was welcomed to the Keck School of Medicine of USC on June 24 at a reception at the home of Robert and Kelly Day, members of the Board of Overseers of the Keck School.
USC Places 4th in 2008-09 Directors’ Cup
USC finished in fourth place in the 2008-09 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, the Trojans’ highest ranking since the national all-sports program began in 1993-94.
USC Rossier Kicks Off Its Centennial
Family and friends of the USC Rossier School of Education throughout the last century joined in celebration on June 29 as the school kicked off its 100th-year anniversary.
Meshkati Named Jefferson Science Fellow
The National Academies have selected USC systems safety expert Najmedin Meshkati to serve as a 2009 Jefferson Science fellow.
Jamie McCourt Joins USC Board of Trustees
Jamie McCourt, chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has been elected to the USC Board of Trustees.
In Memoriam: Montgomery Ross Fisher, 88
Montgomery Ross Fisher, USC alumnus, former trustee and respected Southern California engineering and building contractor, died on June 10. He was 88.
Kenneth R. Klein Is New USC Trustee
Kenneth R. Klein, chairman of the board, chief executive officer and president of Wind River Systems Inc., has been elected to the USC Board of Trustees.
USC Has Nearly $5 Billion Economic Impact
A new report shows that USC generates $4.9 billion annually in economic activity in the Los Angeles region and beyond.
DeBeikes Jr. Named to USC Board of Trustees
Richard DeBeikes Jr., president of the diversified real estate corporation DeBeikes Investment Co., has been elected to a five-year term on the USC Board of Trustees.
Dowell Myers Tapped for Census Committee
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzennegger appointed Dowell Myers of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development to be part of a newly created census panel that will oversee the upcoming federal census in California. The California Complete Count Committee is...
Coach Carroll Connects With Kids
USC Coach Pete Carroll has created, a Web site that allows him to interact with children across the country.
Digital Expert to Join USC Marshall
Innovative digital entertainment industry leader Lucy Hood has been appointed executive director of the Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM) and assistant professor of clinical management and organization at the USC Marshall School of Business.
Biologist Brings Hands-on Science to Kids
According to the National Science Foundation, 80 percent of jobs in the future will require some math and science skills. “Math and science are the new foundational literacy for everyone,” said Tom Luce, chief executive officer of the Math and Science Initiative.
USC Gave Him Words to Live By
Born in Romania, Alexandru “Alex” Iftimie was a child during the Romanian Revolution of 1989 when citizens overthrew the country’s communist regime.
Does She Have the Recipe for Success?
When Southern soul food comes to mind, flavors of Eastern cuisine are not usually part of the picture. For restaurant consultant and chef Debbie Lee, however, the two go together like a hot summer night and a glass of sweet tea.
School District Runs on Trojan Power
The doctorate of education program at the USC Rossier School of Education has been transforming one Southern California school district - administrator by administrator and teacher by teacher - into a success story for urban public education.
An Interactive Map for Teachers
An interactive and comprehensive map that details the certification requirements for every state in the country has gained traction among teachers.
Pete Carroll Inspires the Armed Forces
Sports and the military have always had a uniquely rewarding relationship, perhaps summarized best by legendary World War II Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
New Shoah Foundation Institute Team
Howard Gillman, dean of USC College, has appointed a new leadership team for the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education.
A New Era in Health Care Begins at USC
In a $275 million deal, USC acquired USC University Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital from Tenet Healthcare Corp., making USC and UCLA the only Los Angeles-area universities owning hospitals.
USC Trustee Tapped to Lead NASA
President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate USC trustee Charles F. Bolden Jr. MS ’77to serve as the space agency’s next administrator.
USC to Hold Pink Slip Networking Event
The USC Marshall School of Business and the USC Alumni Association are responding to the widespread job anxiety caused by the current recession by co-hosting a “Pink Slip” networking mixer from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on June 3 at The Lab restaurant/pub.
In Memoriam: Thomas P. Nickell Jr., 88
Thomas P. Nickell Jr., former USC vice president for university affairs, died in San Diego on May 25. He was 88.
In Memoriam: Julius ‘Julie’ Bescos, 97
Julius “Julie” Bescos, one of USC’s earliest three-sport stars who also coached for the Trojans, died on May 23 in Long Beach. He was 97.
USC Rossier Alum Sought for Education Post
The White House has announced that President Barack Obama intends to nominate USC Rossier alumna Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana (Ph.D. ’95) for assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education in the Department of Education.
International Administrators Converge at USC
With USC playing host to the most international students of any U.S. university, it is only fitting that the home of the Trojans has a major profile in NAFSA, the Association of International Educators.
Evolution in Teacher Education
Graduating USC Rossier School of Education undergraduate and graduate teacher credential candidates filled the courtyard of Mudd Hall on May 13 to celebrate the master teachers who took them into their classrooms and under their wing over the past year.
Middle East Visit Energizes Local Viterbi Alums
On a recent Middle East trip, USC Viterbi School of Engineering Dean Yannis C. Yortsos spoke to approximately 60 enthusiastic alums who are now in the process of establishing the Gulf States USC Viterbi Alumni Club.
USC Viterbi, Technion Form Partnership
The USC Viterbi School of Engineering has broadened its international net of academic collaboration to include the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.
Pharmacists and Physicians Team Up at Clinic
“Patients don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” advised USC School of Pharmacy commencement speaker Paul Gregerson at the ceremony held at the Health Sciences Campus Quad.
University Honors 70 Staff Retirees at Luncheon
In Town & Gown, the numbers spoke loudly at the 24th annual Retirement Recognition luncheon, where 70 newly retired USC staff members in attendance have provided a combined 1,548 years of dedicated service to the university.
Richard Martin Receives Inaugural Staff Award
The inaugural J. Tillman Hall Staff Award for Service to USC was presented to retired staff member Richard “Dick” Martin at the 24th annual Staff Retirement Recognition luncheon.
USC Rossier Student Helps Others Unlock Their Potential
USC Rossier School of Education doctoral student Jeffrey Haig, 36, said he and his twin brother, Brian, discovered their niche by the time they wrapped up their undergraduate studies at UCLA and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively.
Ronnie Chan Is Asa V. Call Award Winner
The 76th annual USC Alumni Awards celebration took place on May 2 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Elepao Earns Staff Achievement Award
Some suspect that Mariano Elepao moves at superhuman speed. Others are convinced he has clones.
Two Longtime Education Professors Retire
Myron Dembo and David Marsh, two venerated figures among the USC Rossier School of Education faculty, are retiring after decades of service.
New Survey of State Charter Schools
Many of California’s 600-plus charter schools in the past year strengthened their fiscal stability and academic progress.
Save Those Commencement Photos! The University Archives Collects Them
Although unofficial USC mascot George Tirebiter remains top dog, a German Shepherd named Joker was nipping at his heels in the early 1970s.
Multimedia Journalists to Join USC Annenberg
Seattle Times director of development Robert Hernandez and new media researcher Andrew Lih will begin teaching at the USC Annenberg School for Communication this fall.
From Russia With Music
A lifetime of dedication and perseverance finally paid off when Angela Cholakyan earned her doctorate in musical arts from the USC Thornton School of Music.
Chemistry Student Finds Formula for Success
Eric Zuniga’s defining moment in college occurred just a few days after he arrived here in 2004. During his first chemistry lab, the fledgling engineer discovered just how seriously behind he was.
USC Marks 126th Commencement
Surprised and delighted by the pealing chimes of a newly restored university landmark, more than 8,000 graduating Trojans cheered commencement today for the 126th time in USC history.
Pomp and Unusual Circumstance
USC College issued more than 2,200 degrees during commencement 2009: 1,800 undergraduate; 245 master’s and 170 Ph.D. Here are tales from a few exceptional graduates.
Like Father, Like Son
May 15 was a big day for the Gibson family - both father, Michael, and son, David, donned their caps and gowns to receive their USC diplomas after nine collective years of hard work and long nights of studying.
Education Honors for USC at Grunion Gala
A marine education project supported by the National Science Foundation and managed by USC in collaboration with UCLA and the College of Exploration will be honored on Saturday at a black-tie fund-raiser for the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro.
Three Decades of Advancement by Women
USC’s Women in Management turns 30 this year. Founding member Carolyn Heine of Academic Records & Registrar recalled how the organization helped mobilize change for women staff at the university.
Adventurer by Bus, Bike and Foot
When you finish four years of a demanding major with an unblemished record of A’s, it might be time for some self-congratulation. But that’s not the style of USC’s 2009 valedictorian, Paul VanWieren.
Posthumous Honor for Gifted Scholar
“It was unfortunate that to learn how to live, I had to learn how to die,” USC student William Zarifi wrote in a class paper shortly before his death.
School of Pharmacy Holds Senior/Alumni Banquet
Walter Cathey ’62 was named outstanding alumnus, and Terry Bonecutter and Paul Gregerson received honorary alumnus awards at the annual Alumni/Senior Awards Banquet in Pasadena.
Promoter Plans to Rock On
Sara Schlievert is either always working or never working. It’s tough to tell. Her days and nights consist of going to concerts, listening to music and introducing people to up-and-coming bands. And she gets paid for it.
A White Coat Is in Her Future
This summer, salutatorian Brenda Nuyen wants to learn how to surf. By recently mastering skateboarding, she feels up to the challenge.
What I Will Do on My Summer Vacation
Four students from USC College's Master of Professional Writing earn scholarships to attend the New York State Summer Writers Institute program.
Taking a Stand for People and the Planet
Green for All founding president Van Jones was honored with USC College’s second annual Sustainability Champion Award.
USC Rossier Professor Designs Naval Warfare Game
USC Rossier School of Education researcher Allen Munro and his colleagues have developed a sophisticated new game to help U.S. Naval officers learn antisubmarine warfare tactics in an immersive and engaging way.
Military Social Work Program Christened
The USC School of Social Work and the USC Institute of Creative Technologies held a reception to celebrate the school’s new military social work and veteran services program, the first of its kind at a research university,
Warshel Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
Arieh Warshel, a pioneer in the field of computational biophysics and USC College veteran of more than 30 years, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
New USC College Web Site Shines Brightly
If USC were a solar system, USC College would be the sun. Now there is a new way to view this sun — through the College’s redesigned Web site.
USC’s 2009-10 Budget Guided by Prudence
USC’s 2009-10 budget, excluding health care services, will be $1.92 billion, pending approval by the Board of Trustees in June.
First Fulbright Scholars Announced
USC has 13 finalists for Fulbright scholarships this year, and seven students already have received acceptance letters. The students are headed to Laos, Spain, Thailand, India, Mexico, Austria and France.
USC Economist Receives Top Labor Economics Award
USC University Professor and professor of economics Richard Easterlin has been awarded the 2009 Prize in Labor Economics by the Institute for the Study of Labor, based in Bonn, Germany.
USC Commencement to be Held May 15
More than 40,000 graduates and their families are expected to fill Alumni Park and the sites of 34 satellite ceremonies for USC’s 126th annual commencement on May 15.
Flu Outbreak Update: USC Takes Precautions
USC has taken special steps to prepare for the possibility of an outbreak of swine influenza.
USC Rossier Alum Wins Dissertation Award
Margaret Sauceda Curwen Ph.D. ’08, an alumna of the USC Rossier School of Education, has received the 2008-09 Phi Delta Kappa International Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award.
A Conversation With Phil Ethington
If you want to see an example of an original, restless intellect, go to Phil Ethington’s Web site at
Brown, Cowan Named Academy Fellows
The American Academy of Arts & Sciences announced on April 20 that University Professor Geoffrey Cowan and John Seely Brown, formerly of the USC Annenberg Center, are its newest fellows.
Laying the Groundwork for a Guggenheim
Karen Halttunen, professor of history at USC College, has earned a Guggenheim Fellowship to support her book about 19th-century New Englanders and their sense of identity in relation to place.
Boyle, Hartke to Join Elite Club
Writer T. Coraghessan Boyle of USC College and composer Stephen Hartke of the USC Thornton School of Music have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Scholars Who Shout ‘Eureka!’
Over the centuries, questions from scholars have led to astonishing “eureka” moments - such as the time when tradition tells us that the ancient Greek scholar Archimedes asked, “How do I measure the volume of an irregular figure?”
Green L.A. Partnership Formed
USC joined local civic, business and research leaders on April 15 in an ambitious partnership to make Los Angeles a world leader in green industry.
Presidential Medal Goes to Stanley Gold
USC trustee and past board chairman Stanley Gold was awarded the university’s highest honor, the Presidential Medallion, at the Academic Convocation on April 14.
Celebration Marks Acquisition of Hospitals
Members of the USC Board of Trustees and the Keck School of Medicine Board of Overseers gathered with university officers and others to celebrate the university’s acquisition of two hospitals.
From Russia With Love
Opening in 1926, the historic Shrine Auditorium building with its Moroccan architecture and golden dome cupolas has been most famously a venue for the Oscars.
From Diaper Bag to Briefcase
Becoming a new mom is hard. Becoming a new working mom is harder and can throw even the most confident, successful woman for a loop.
Trojan Fleet Doubles in Size
Travel to the USC campus on Catalina Island became much easier when the U.S. Coast Guard approved passenger travel on a boat operated by the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies.
USC Thornton to Celebrate 125 Years
On April 2, the USC Thornton School of Music previewed its 125th anniversary with the news that its physical size will increase by 50 percent over the next two years as it takes over and renovates three buildings from the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Speed Dating a Hit With Faculty
Speed dating without romance is like a presentation without Powerpoint: unusual, but not without potential.
Stirred Up by a Souljourn
Dafer M. Dakhil had an interesting question for the USC students sitting across from him in the basement of the Omar Mosque directly across the street from USC’s International Residential College at Parkside.
Interdisciplinary Scholars to Join USC
USC has recruited five leading interdisciplinary scholars as part of its ongoing initiative to attract a dozen accomplished researchers, it was announced by Executive Vice President and Provost C. L. Max Nikias on behalf of President Steven B. Sample.
Estela Mara Bensimon: A True Mentor
The USC Rossier School of Education professor was selected as a recipient of the USC Mellon Faculty-to-Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring.
USC Celebrates Purchase of Two Hospitals
USC’s newest employees got a taste of Trojan hospitality at picnic celebrations welcoming USC University Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital into the family.
New Models for K-12 Teacher Pay Cited
School union members and administrators discuss how other districts across the country are redefining teacher compensation.
In Memoriam: Diane Ainsworth, 56
Diane Ainsworth, a science writer for the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, died of an aneurysm on March 29 in her Altadena home, according to her father Donald Ainsworth. She was 56.
Dentistry Marks End of Harold Slavkin Era
Eight-year deanship saw the development of innovative learning philosophies, influential research and cutting-edge facilities.
Update: USC Hit-and-Run Incident
Los Angeles City Council, USC, L.A. County Offer Rewards Totaling $135,000
Bringing Down the Wall
Facebook helps a former Weemes Elementary student say thanks to a USC mentor who changed his life.
Social Work Adds Fun to Emergency Prep
Mixing business with pleasure, the school’s staff members take part in exercises that demonstrate the importance of being prepared for unexpected trouble.
Law Student Wins Campaign to Free Woman
After nearly 30 years in prison, Connie Keel will be released thanks to the efforts of USC Law student Adam Reich and his professors.
In Memoriam: Timothy M. Doheny, 83
The rancher and advocate for California’s land and wildlife helped to lay the cornerstone for USC’s landmark library.
In Memoriam: Emery Stoops, 106
The university’s oldest alumnus was a longtime supporter of education at USC whose ‘legacy was an inspiration.’
Time for Them to Look Into Mirror
Entertainment management expert’s new book explores celebrity narcissism and its effects on youth and popular culture.
Two New B.A. Degrees Set by USC College
Students can broaden their liberal arts education by pursuing courses in narrative studies and human performance.
Avishai Sadan Named Dentistry Dean
Coming to USC this summer from Case Western Reserve University, Sadan brings a strong background in clinical, curricular and research.
New Eateries for Trojan Family
Two coffee cafes, a pizza place and a pub offering small plates and large tables expand food options.
Prep Students Get Into the GameDesk
Inspired by a USC Viterbi curriculum, high schoolers hone their math skills and learn how to build complex computer games.
Coach Carroll Scores at Town & Gown
‘Celebration of the Heart,’ a scholarship gala held by the School of Social Work, salutes Pete Carroll’s community service.
Local Port Stakeholders Pack Town Hall
Panelists speak candidly about pressing economic issues at a Long Beach gathering of transportation officials.
Get in the Running for Grant Money
Community members and university volunteers can team up to apply for funds supplied by USC Neighborhood Outreach. At stake is $1.1 million raised by the Good Neighbors Campaign.
Researchers Study Motivation in Class
What factors prompt young students to learn? That question has been addressed over the past two years by members of a group formed by two USC Rossier faculty members.
International Studies Scholars Score
USC College professor Patrick James and three students earn national awards given for creativity in teaching and research.
Florence Clark Elected to New Post
Associate dean will become president of the American Occupational Therapy Association next spring.
In Memoriam: Leonore Annenberg, 91
The philanthropist, who was instrumental in the growth of museums and nonprofit organizations around the country, dedicated her life to education and the arts, says President Sample.
Kids’ Day Enlivens Health Sciences Campus
School of Pharmacy hosts young students, showing them a good time and the importance of staying on the right path.
Science Springs to Life for Students
Researchers at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies show how they use science to create special effects, virtual humans and much more.
Conference to Tackle Teacher Pay
Age-old question of whether salaries should be paid based on tenure or merit will be the hot topic at Davidson Conference Center. U.S. Secretary of Education senior adviser Jim Shelton is scheduled to attend.
USC Engineer Wins Light Plane Contest
Aerospace and mechanical engineer Sina Golshany is the university’s first student to win the competition in more than three decades.
Celebrating 1,232 Years of Service
Elizabeth Garrett salutes the retirees whose many contributions served the university through its pivotal years.
Strong Showing for Pharmacy School
The California Pharmacists Association honors USC pharmacy students and alumni at its annual meeting.
USC Davis to Offer New Master’s Degree
The curriculum, to be taught in the fall, is aimed at students seeking careers in retirement communities, hospice care and assisted living facilities.
USC Roski School Dean Twice Honored
Ruth Weisberg garners a lifetime achievement award from the Women’s Caucus of Art and chronicles her work at a College Art Association event.
In Memoriam: George O. Totten III, 86
The Distinguished Professor Emeritus at USC College was a World War II veteran and scholar of world peace.
Health Technology Short Courses Offered
A new USC Viterbi program teaches health care professionals to reduce costs by relying on engineering techniques.
Can Optimism Lead to Action?
Hundreds of high school students attend the Young Scholars Forum at USC, an event that asks teenagers to examine their role in society.
USC Women’s Conference Set for March 13
The USC Alumni Association joins forces with Bank of America and The Doctors of USC to launch a new signature event.
A Unique Perspective on Margaret Mead
A new book by USC College professor Nancy Lutkehaus, her former assistant, offers a different slant on the renowned anthropologist.
Marshall Sets Summer Business Program
The four-week program in July will explore finance, strategy, marketing, operations and organization.
Back to School for the Young at Heart
USC’s Half Century Trojans reawaken their inner student at an inaugural event featuring a full day of activities on campus.
Law Student Seeks Freedom for Convict
Possible parole of a battered woman who served nearly three decades in prison goes before Gov. Schwarzenegger.
Motivational Speaking
Rep. Linda Sanchez shares her personal and political experiences with Latino students at SPPD event.
Thomas Sayles Joins USC Administration
New vice president for government and community relations has extensive experience in business, law and governance.
In Memoriam: Wanda Wilk, 88
The philanthropist and USC alumna established the Polish Music Center on campus with her late husband Stefan Wilk.
Pharm School Hailed for Community Work
National award recognizes transformative efforts at seven safety-net clinics providing quality health care to uninsured and underserved residents.
Singing the Praises of a Long Partnership
A USC gathering unites the participants of a documentary about a mentor and his students who joined a choir and changed their lives.
Hollins Gets Lifetime Achievement Award
USC Rossier professor nets this year’s honor for her distinguished contributions to education research over four decades.
Sustainability Expert Joins USC
New program manager Matthew Oden was trained by Al Gore, served the United Nations and earned a master’s in environmental management from Yale.
USC Launches Public Diplomacy Magazine
PD unites scholarship and practice in the first publication dedicated to the emerging field.
Educational Visit From Across the Pond
USC Rossier leaders swap strategies with U.K. educators regarding the growth and treatment of college-bound students.
Sample Upbeat in Annual Faculty Address
USC president lauds purchase agreement for hospitals and says that ‘difficult times often bring out the best in us.’
Lecture Series on Folklore Studies Debuts
The speaker series, which continues through April, supports a new minor in folklore at USC College.
SPPD, USC Annenberg Host Holt Lecture
NYU social sciences professor Craig Calhoun reflects on innovation and a commitment to informing the public through teaching.
Doctoral Students and Dissertations
Education and engineering students attend the first retreat organized by USC Rossier’s Doctoral Support Center. The goal: to help students focus on the daunting task at hand.
Social Work Acquires 3 Academic Journals
The publications, housed at the school's Hamovitch Center for Science in the Human Services, link academic disciplines, present innovative research and provide new insights.
Violence Against Women Day Hits Home
Social work students are surprised to discover that men must get professional help before the women they know can receive their own.
Trojans Lend a Helping Hand
The USC Alumni Association and the USC Volunteer Center partner at five L.A. social service sites on “Friends & Neighbors Service Day.”
Psychology Students Visit USC Rossier
The school offers Schurr High School students a behind-the-scenes look at current brain research in their field.
USC Africa Fund to Help Undergrads
The fund, which builds on the USC Global Scholars program, comes in response to strong student interest in Africa. It will support travel and study by at least two students each year.
USC to Purchase Two Private Hospitals
The deal to acquire the USC University Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital is expected to close March 31.
Looking Forward to the Sound of Music
Grammy Career Day gives hundreds of students the chance to start thinking about a college education and the music business.
That’s How They (Honor) Roll
Thousands of hours contributed by volunteers leads to the Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service.
Children With a Reason to Smile
Dentistry students and faculty provide oral health education, screenings and care referrals to youngsters at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary.
SPPD Signs Pact With World Bank
The memorandum of understanding is signed during a conference focusing on challenges facing megacities in the developing world.
Lessons Learned in the Great ShakeOut
New plans for 2009 include better transportation for victims, more information for families and improved communications.
Olah, Scholtz Named to National Academy
The USC Viterbi School is one of only six schools in the nation with two or more elected members in the National Academy of Engineering.
Past and Present Victories
USC Trio students learn about Martin Luther King’s dream while fulfilling their own.
Lincoln Artifacts on Display by USC Law
In honor of his 200th birthday, the school’s library features its unique collection of books, pennies and stamps.
So You Want to be a Professor?
Ambitious USC College graduate students try to move ahead of the competition through special projects, workshops and symposia.
Honors for University Professor Jean Shih
The School of Pharmacy scientist wins a National Institutes of Health grant topping $1 million and will be honored this summer by the Society of Chinese Bioscientists.
SPPD Helps City Officials Face Challenges
Faculty and students take part in a three-day leadership training conference seeking solutions for thousands of U.S. cities and townships.
Key Education Leader Joins USC Rossier
Rudolph Crew, a former head of the New York City Public School system, will recruit students and develop new partnerships in the community.
Castells Named USC University Professor
In social sciences, USC Annenberg’s Manuel Castells is among the top five most cited scholars around the world.
Campus Planning Process Begins at HSC
The final master plan - which will identify critical needs for future growth - could take two years to develop.
City, USC Move Forward on Campus Plan
The City of Los Angeles issues a Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report. A public scoping meeting is set for Feb. 18.
A Capitalist Ahead of Her Time
New research answers a longtime question of how Lucrezia Borgia boosted her personal wealth when times were tough.
Provost Offers a Vision for Future
In the 31st Pullias Lecture on higher education, C. L. Max Nikias reflects on risk-taking, discovery and Promethean universities.
KUSC Transmitting Antenna Damaged
GM Eric DeWeese says the station is working to fix the problem caused by a recent hailstorm.
Carroll to be Honored for Community Work
Coach will be recognized at USC School of Social Work’s gala in March.
IEEE Elects Three New Fellows From USC
President Sample, Shri Narayanan and Timothy Pinkston earn the distinction among the nation’s top engineers.
Calling All Teachers of the Future
USC Rossier invites applicants to participate in a new online masters program.
Financial Aid Faces an ‘Uncertain Future’
Two-day enrollment conference at USC attempts to develop strategies for greater access to higher education.
SPPD Celebrates Its 80th Anniversary
Dean Jack H. Knott says the School of Policy, Planning, and Development remains dedicated to advancing academic theory and making an impact in the world.
Thomas-Barrios Works on School Access
Kim Thomas-Barrios, director of the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI), met in Washington, D.C., in December with other recipients of grants from the Lumina Foundation to discuss best practices and plan future work. Based in Indianapolis, the Lumina Foundation is...
Rossier Alum to Head Calif. Education
Glen Thomas, whom colleagues say has a passion for curriculum and instruction, is appointed to the post by Gov. Schwarzenegger.
USC Financial Aid Expected to Increase
Pool of applicants for the fall semester represents a highly diverse group of students from around the world.
Financial Aid Faces an ‘Uncertain Future’
Two-day enrollment conference at USC attempts to develop strategies for greater access to higher education.
Plans Announced for College Commons
Signature programs are designed to engage faculty, students.
USC Housing to Manage 7 Student Rentals
University Park tenants will have access to a support staff and 24-hour hotline.
Pharmacy Student Claims National Kudo
Bonnie Hui receives an honor recognizing her contributions to community service.
Robert Abeles Named a Senior VP
Margo Steurbaut and Courtney Surls are appointed vice presidents of finance and development, respectively.
Lawmakers Laud USC Rossier Professor’s Study
Dominic Brewer’s findings on student performance data lead to a call for reform by Oklahoma senators.
Humayun Holds Chair in Biomed Sciences
USC engineer and physician Mark Humayun accepts the newly created professorship named in honor of former provost Cornelius J. Pings.
Meter Rates Going Up on Jefferson
Starting Tuesday, new Park & Pay stations installed by the city's Department of Transportation will cost $1 per hour.
USC Enrollment Center Hosts Symposium
Leading financial aid practitioners to attend two-day conference focusing on student aid in uncertain times.
What Does It Take to Walk on Water?
Freshman Academy students dive into basic concepts involving engineering and applied sciences.
USC Viterbi School to Co-host Summit
First-of-a-kind conference will address issues of sustainability, health, national security and quality of life.
Legal Innovations in a Complex World
Business and legal scholars explore reform in increasingly competitive markets during an event sponsored by USC Law.
Charter Schools Can Measure Success
USC surveys allow parents, teachers and students to eliminate guesswork when key decisions must be made.
CREATE Appoints Interim Director
Isaac Maya is serving as head of the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis during the search for a replacement.
Good Neighbors Campaign Reaches Goal
USC College also doubles its participation rate, meeting a donor’s $1 million challenge for the Joint Educational Project.
Meet the Class of 2012
USC College student standouts join the Trojan Family.
Education Without Borders
To compete for top engineering students, USC Viterbi's globalization program emphasizes global education and research opportunities abroad.
New Leader for USC Rossier Program
Student affairs veteran Tracy Poon Tambascia to oversee postsecondary administration graduates.
SPPD Signs Pact With Peace Corps
Agreement will allow former volunteers to pursue a graduate education in public policy and planning, among other areas.
Culture: The New Insanity Defense?
USC political scientist calls for national policy on culture as legal evidence.
L.A. County Honors USC Caregivers
USC Gerontology Center and L.A. Caregiver Resource Center are recognized by the board of supervisors.
Offering Advice With No Price
Margarita Zeichner-David, a trusty mentor of dental students, receives the Faculty Adviser Award.
USC Scientist Receives Presidential Honor
President George W. Bush presents Early Career Award to Keck School professor Li Zhang at the White House.
Trojans Assess Solis’ New Position
USC alum and newly named Secretary of Labor faces key challenges as a member of Obama’s administration.
Small Gifts, Big Hearts
USC College undergraduates demonstrate their holiday spirit with practical presents for the homeless.
AT&T Aids USC Neighborhood Program
The Neighborhood Academic Initiative guides local students from junior high through high school and into top colleges.
Pharmacy Celebrates Renovated Facility
Gathering marks the official opening of the Jane and Gale Bensussen Research Floor.
Posters Stress a Strong Message
Schoolchildren design anti-graffiti artwork for an annual Kid Watch contest.
Professors Get Raubenheimer Awards
Charles McKenna, Peter Mancall and Macarena Gomez-Barris take home the top honor at yearly holiday celebration.
Scripter to Name Winner on Gala’s Night
New master of ceremonies and new eligibility rules round out major changes as the USC Libraries’ award enters its third decade.
Starnes Named Chair of Surgery Dept.
In his new role, the renowned surgeon will focus on recruitment and building upon a top academic program.
Students Win Transportation Scholarships
USC Viterbi and School of Policy, Planning and Development are tapped by group’s L.A. and Orange County chapters.
Spain’s National Award Goes to Castells
USC Annenberg professor is recognized for his achievements in sociology and political science.
Program to be Offered Free Via Internet
The program allows U.S. military personnel around the world to become chartered financial analysts.
Raise High the Roof Beams
Sharpies in hand, Trojans sign the beams to be installed on the roof of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.
Purchasing Power Used for Sustainability
From recycled carpet to soy ink, every product option is reviewed by university officials.
Urgency of College Board Study Cited
Vice provost presents startling findings on the future of American higher education.
Management Strategies Outlined on YouTube
What worked on Wall Street can suit the knowledge-based industry, says USC Marshall expert.
Climate Changes the Rules
New and revamped sustainability courses are part of an effort to expand ‘green’ programs at USC.
USC Team a Hit in Case Competition
Six MBA students are named finalists in Wharton School event aimed at developing economy in Philadelphia.
USC Marshall Center Honored
Center for Effective Organizations reaches the highest level of achievement in human resources profession.
High Gene Award
Academic Senate Highlights
President Sample to attend next monthly meeting on Dec. 12.
Teaching Educators to Network
With a little help from friends, a USC Rossier professor hopes to garner social support for his peers.
Half of USC’s Trash Recycled, Figures Show
The amount of waste kept out of landfills has steadily increased in recent years, according to Facility Management Services.
USC Moves Ahead on Master Plan
University begins planning process for new student housing adjacent to University Park campus following approval from City Council.
New Theory Helps Explain Economic Crisis
SPPD Dean Jack Knott and a colleague analyze the political decisions that were harmful to the common good.
The Jewish Past, in Vinyl
Pop culture buffs Josh Kun and Roger Bennett chronicle Jewish music loved and lost.
USC to Head Global Genetic Effort
Carlos and Michele Pato will lead U.S. part of attempt to grasp the underlying risks for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
New Organization for Future Pharmacists
Local chapter at USC School of Pharmacy aims to strengthen diversity and reach out to the community.
Golden Alums
Susan Metros Addresses Visual Literacy
USC associate vice provost charts a student’s path to academic success during a seminar in Spain.
Preventing Sexual Assault by Peers
The Men Care project teaches collegians how to recognize patterns in sexual assault cases and how to stop an assault before it starts.
New USC Restaurant Opens in Radisson
McKay’s honors celebrated Trojan football coach John McKay and augments USC Hospitality’s growing portfolio of dining options.
USC Annenberg Receives Two Grants
The California Endowment awards, totaling more than $4 million over three years, will expand programs improving health journalism and community health communication.
Small Things Make Big Waves
Karla Heidelberg is the first researcher to bring a scanning electron microscope on board an oceanographic expedition to study microbes known as protists.
Tobacco Road
And the 2009 Alumni Awards Go to …
The USC Alumni Association will honor Hong Kong real estate developer Ronnie C. Chan and other prominent alums.
Report From the World Economic Forum
USC School of Gerontology Dean Gerald C. Davison attends Dubai summit to address challenges in gerontology and other global issues.
Two Named to Endowed Professorships
The USC School of Social Work’s Ron Avi Astor and Lawrence A. Palinkas are honored for their career accomplishments and contributions to USC.
USC Tops International Student Enrollment
Foreign enrollment reaches 7,189 students, with record numbers from China and India.
New Group Preps Students for Alumni Life
The Alumni Association takes the initial steps in creating an active and influential Student Alumni Association.
ShakeOut, Disaster Drills at USC
Disaster response teams take action during the much-anticipated earthquake drill on campus.
Viterbi Archive Unveiled at Doheny Library
The voluminous Andrew J. Viterbi collection documents origins of the communications revolution.
A Walk to Remember
Local schoolchildren safely make their way through the neighborhood thanks to a special escort as part of the Kid Watch Community Campaign.
Provost Outlines USC Arts Initiative 11/12/08
New program will make art more available to all students.
School of Theatre Unveils Annual Award
Actor, director and environmentalist Robert Redford to be the first recipient of award next year that will bear his name.
Record-Setting Reunion Weekend
The Class of 1958 celebrates a golden milestone by raising $165,000 for campus amenities.
Ed.D. Program Thrives at USC Rossier
School of Education provides a practical doctorate program for the future, says Dean Gallagher.
Peer Networks Targeted at D.C. Panel
Kristan Venegas of the USC Rossier School of Education presented at a panel Sept. 18 at the Council for Opportunity in Education’s 27th annual conference in Washington, D.C. Her panel, “Tap Into the Power of Peer Networks,” focused on fostering...
Preparing for the Drill of a Lifetime
USC gets ready for a region-wide earthquake drill near Cromwell Field on Nov. 13.
Daya Perkins Awarded Krown Fellowship
The Charles and Charlotte Krown Fellowship is an annual award that supports doctoral student research and achievement.
More Loan Help for USC Law Graduates
Changes make loan repayment assistance program available to a larger number of alums.
D.C. Offices Make Matches
USC's offices of research advancement and federal relations work together to help faculty cross the capital's tricky terrain.
R&D Funding for University Increases
USC keeps pace or moves ahead of peers in overall research and development funding.
USC Observes Constitution Day
The university commemorates the 221st anniversary of the U.S. Constitution.