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The new international relations and the global economy major gives students an opportunity to build a foundation in economic and international relations theories as well as statistics.

Big Picture Economics

January 21, 2015

A new major combines two of USC Dornsife’s most popular majors: international relations and economics — two disciplines that go hand-in-hand. “Each informs the other,” said Ben Graham, assistant…

The Auschwitz camp is seen at the end of the tracks. Photo by Steve Purcell.

Remembering Auschwitz

January 20, 2015

On a bitter cold day in January 1945, the Soviet Army — pushing across Nazi Germany as the Allies drew closer to victory in Europe and the end of World War II — arrived at a Nazi concentration and extermination…

Alberto Robador, postdoctoral researcher at USC Dornsife, seen here at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro aboard USC’s Miss Christi, is lead author of a paper on the new microbes published by <em>Frontiers in Microbiology</em>. Photo courtesy of Alberto Robador.

Beneath the Sea

January 15, 2015

Two miles below the surface of the ocean, researchers have discovered new microbes that “breathe” sulfate. The microbes, which have yet to be classified and named, exist in massive undersea aquifers —…

Arthur Stone, director of the USC Dornsife Center for Self-Report Science and professor of psychology, leads the Day Reconstruction Method (DRM) conference at USC. Stone helped to develop the DRM. Photos by Matt Meindl.

Moment of Truth

January 15, 2015

How happy are you? For a scientific evaluation, well, there’s an assessment tool for that. Much research on well-being makes use of the Day Reconstruction Method (DRM), a methodology developed in 2004 by a team…

As USC Dornsife’s first sustainability postdoctoral fellow, Jonathan Lawhead is building a bridge between philosophy and earth sciences as he addresses the philosophical implications of climate change and geo-engineering. Photo by Dan Knapp.

Issues and Interventions

January 13, 2015

Growing up in Reno, Nevada, Jonathan Lawhead was attracted to philosophy from an early age.  “Maybe it was living in a place where I was surrounded by so much probability,” he joked, before adding more…

USC Dornsife’s Chris Reimann and Ama Konadu Amoafo-Yeboah are Mr. USC and Miss USC for 2014-15. Left photo by Gus Ruelas, USC; right photo courtesy of Ama Amoafo-Yeboah.

Order of the Torch

January 13, 2015

Twelve seniors were selected to the 2014-15 Order of the Torch, an honor that recognizes students for outstanding leadership, academic achievement, service and mentorship, and contributions to the USC community. The highly…

Suit Yourself

Suit Yourself

January 12, 2015

Video by Matt Meindl and Mira Zimet.

A photo of Armenian orphans from J. Michael Hagopian's interview with Mihran Andonian. Photo courtesy of the Armenian Film Institute.

No Longer ‘Forgotten Genocide’

January 7, 2015

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education is preparing at least 40 of the nearly 400 Armenian testimonies it has secured from…

Naomi Levine, Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences at USC Dornsife. Photo by Alex Herrera.

Microbes and Climate

January 6, 2015

A new research laboratory in the USC Dornsife Marine Environmental Biology program is investigating the impact of climate change on microbial communities in the open ocean. Naomi Levine, Gabilan Assistant Professor of…

Professor of Economics Arie Kapteyn and co-authors of a new study found significant evidence that supplementing the income of the elderly poor improved their health. Photo by Roger Snider.

Income Boosts Health of Elderly

December 22, 2014

Boosting the incomes of poor, elderly residents in developing countries can significantly improve their health and well-being, particularly in lung function and memory, according to a new study released today.

 The study,…

Joseph Dorri, 30, is graduating with a degree in psychology and ambitions to work in the federal government. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

The Only Way is Up

December 22, 2014

In 2009, Joseph Dorri hit rock bottom. After clashing with his Iranian-born parents over his university and career plans, the community college graduate left home in September 2008 determined to make it on his own. After…

Tomik Vertanou (sixth from the left), stands with Hyer United volunteers. A shipment of medical supplies is ready for the two month trip to rural areas of Armenia. Photos courtesy Tomik Vertanous.

A Delivery of Health and Hope

December 22, 2014

Two years ago when Tomik Vertanous learned that doctors in the Artsakh region of Armenia were severely lacking in medical supplies, he was moved to action. “They were still using pillows that dated back to the collapse…

As The Huntington president, English alumna Laura Skandera Trombley looks forward to working with The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. Francine Orr, Copyright, 2014, <em>Los Angeles Times</em>. Reprinted with permission.

Trombley Joins The Huntington

December 18, 2014

Growing up surrounded by tract housing in a Los Angeles suburb, Laura Skandera Trombley loved to escape with her mother to visit The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. There, in the San Marino,…

U.S. and Nicaragua teams after a game in the capitol city of Managua in 2013, part of a baseball tour organized by the International Baseball Academy of Central America. Photos courtesy of Bob Oettinger.

Play Ball

December 18, 2014

Quintessentially American, baseball is widely recognized as the national sport. Internationally, however, the bases aren’t fully loaded. This became clear in 2005, when the International Olympic Committee dropped…

A determined problem-solver, Michael Bergmann oversaw development of the exceedingly durable compound XDR used in the soles of Nike tennis shoes today. Photos courtesy of Michael Bergmann.

High Performance

December 16, 2014

Throughout his 30-year career with Nike, USC Dornsife alumnus Michael Bergmann recalled how again and again he would be thrown into a situation where he had to think on his feet to solve a problem. In one scenario in 2004, a…

Jacob Soll’s book <em>The Reckoning</em> has drawn considerable attention in Portugal and Greece. Here, Soll participates in an event this month at American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce’s 25th Annual Economic Forum in Athens. Photos courtesy of Jacob Soll.

Achieving Accountability

December 16, 2014

In November and December, Jacob Soll, professor of history and accounting at USC Dornsife and the USC Leventhal School of Accounting, traveled to Portugal and Greece, countries that have dealt with serious financial crises in…

This is how a mural in the Palace of the Jaguars would have appeared at the height of the ancient Mexican city, Teotihuacan. Illustration by artist Felipe Davalos, courtesy of Justin Underhill.

Art’s Digital Revolution

December 16, 2014

Faded murals line the walls of the Palace of the Jaguars in Teotihuacan in the Valley of Mexico. But centuries ago, the jaguars glistened — illuminated only by natural sunlight — steeped in vibrant reds, blues,…

Alumnus Viet Luong, the first Vietnamese-born general officer in the United States military, seated in the cockpit of an AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter assigned to the Air Cavalry Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas. Photos courtesy of the U.S. Army.

Star Soldier

December 10, 2014

In 1975, when Viet Luong was 9 years old he escaped the ravages of wartorn Vietnam aboard a United States aircraft carrier along with his parents and seven sisters. The following day, Saigon fell. “My father, who had…

Addressing the growing influence of non-governmental organizations and other nonprofits internationally, a new bachelor’s degree will empower students who want to create positive social change.

World-Changing Major

December 10, 2014

So you want to change the world? A new major in nongovernmental organizations and social change might be for you, said Nina Eliasoph, professor of sociology. “It will give you both practical tools, and a broad…

Peggy Kamuf, a leading scholar on Jacques Derrida, is among the principal translators of the renowned French philosopher’s works into English. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Kamuf Knighted by France

December 8, 2014

Peggy Kamuf, Marion Frances Chevalier Professor of French and professor of comparative literature, has received one of France’s most prestigious honors. Kamuf, director of the Comparative Studies in Literature and…

Alumna Stephanie Erwin was a helicopter pilot for the U.S. Navy for nearly 11 years after participating in the Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (NROTC) at USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Erwin.

Soaring to New Heights

December 8, 2014

Before her sophomore year, Stephanie Erwin signed a contract committing to Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corp (NROTC), an intense military preparation program requiring post-graduation service. One month later was…

The Art and Science of Peppermint

The Art and Science of Peppermint

December 8, 2014

Share USC Dornsife’s holiday greetings with your family and friends on YouTube. Read our holiday card online:

As president of the student organization African Americans in Health at USC, Nnenna Ezeh helps support other students who are also interested in pursuing health careers. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Diagnosis Success

December 4, 2014

As a small child, Nnenna Ezeh pretended to perform surgery on her dolls. At age 5, she opened up a present on Christmas Day and found a real stethoscope. “This is a tangible expression of your dreams,” her mother…

Many members of alumnus Judge Frederick Aguirre’s family served in the U.S. military. A California Superior Court judge, Aguirre shares the patriotic contributions of Latinos through his nonprofit  Latino Advocates for Education. Photo courtesy of Frederick Aguirre.

For the Record

December 4, 2014

As a young law student, Frederick Aguirre was in Washington, D.C., in 1970 interning with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. An exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution commemorating the 25th…