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María Elena Martínez-López will be remembered for her scholarship, devotion to students, family and friends, and her wisdom and warmth.  Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

In Memoriam: María Elena Martínez-López, 47

November 20, 2014

María Elena Martínez-López, associate professor of history and American studies and ethnicity at USC Dornsife and a leading scholar of colonial Latin America has died. She was…

“These patterns call out for explanation,” Arthur Stone says of Gallup World Poll data showing great variety among how people in various countries report their own well-being. Photo courtesy of Arthur Stone.

As Young as You Feel

November 20, 2014

The trajectory of how satisfied you are with life across the life span is driven, in part, by where you’re from. Using the Gallup World Poll, an ongoing survey of more than 160 countries, USC Dornsife’s Arthur…

What will happen when the world population expands to 9.6 billion by 2050 and twice as much food is needed? Researchers are studying ways to feed the world. Illustrations by The Heads of State for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

Appetite for Change

November 19, 2014

Walking into the supermarket, browsing the seemingly endless rows of fresh produce and canned goods, it’s hard to fathom a food shortage. But with the current world population of 7.2 billion expected to explode to 9.6…

Alumna, author and motivational speaker Barbara Jo “BJ” Gallagher is also an animal lover. Here, she holds her half Pekingese, half Chow, Fannie. Photo by Andy Stolarek.

Fan Your Feathers

November 19, 2014

It may look like she’s walking her dog, but Barbara Jo “BJ” Gallagher is actually sketching out plot lines for her next book in her head. Or she’s thinking about her next keynote speech. Gallagher is…

Junior Azmera Hammouri-Davis is a resident assistant at Webb Tower on USC’s University Park campus. Photos by Susan Bell.

Living Support

November 18, 2014

In her second week as a resident assistant (RA), Azmera Hammouri-Davis received a visit from an anxious freshman stressed about her major. “I don’t know what I’m doing with my life,” the student told…

Matthew Pratt's research aims at understanding and stymieing cancer. Photo by Susan Bell.

Recognition for Pratt’s Work

November 18, 2014

Six years into his career at USC Dornsife, Matthew Pratt is on a roll — gaining attention for cutting-edge research aimed at understanding and stemming cancer. Pratt’s research focuses on glycosylation, the…

Participants in the Joint Education Project’s Young Scientists Program use light-weight pool noodles to simulate the challenges astronauts face while exercising in space. Photos by Susan Bell.

Fit as an Astronaut

November 17, 2014

Freshman Sophia Nguyen demonstrated to fourth and fifth graders how to set a table in space by using Velcro to prevent food packages and trays from floating away. “Look!” said fifth grader Karla Martinez as she…

The conference’s first day of panel and roundtable discussions on Nov. 16 concludes in the evening with a rare screening of <em>Schindler’s List</em> at the USC Norris Cinema Theatre. Photo by David James, Universal Pictures.

Trajectories of Schindler’s List

November 14, 2014

A survivor of the Holocaust who was saved by Oskar Schindler. A child survivor of the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi Genocide. The creator of an award-winning documentary about the Armenian Genocide.  A member of the Brussels…

David Kang, whose research defies conventional beliefs about East Asian defense budgets and possible war in the region, has received a three-year grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Researching the Pacific Rim

November 13, 2014

With headlines screaming “China, U.S. Moving Closer to Viewing War as Inevitable,” and “China Thinks it Can Defeat America in Battle,” you’d think a war with China was imminent. But USC…

Jaime Guevara-Aguirre (left), and Valter Longo at the USC Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center at USC University Park campus. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Small in Stature, Big on Health

November 13, 2014

How and why could a gene that stunts growth also shut down cancer and diabetes? USC biogerontologist Valter Longo and Ecuadorian endocrinologist Jaime Guevara-Aguirre are hoping to find the answer in a study of 30 individuals…