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USC Dornsife's Giorgio Coricelli measured activity in the brain associated with rewards and social reasoning.

Peer Pressure? It's Hardwired Into Our Brains

September 8, 2011

The rewards outweigh the risks — when you’re in a group, anyway. A new USC study explains why people take stupid chances, when all of their friends are watching, that they would never take by themselves. …

The first issue of <em>Ilios</em> featured four long-form essays. Topics included the Russia-Chechnya conflicts, an examination of Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophies, a discussion on the failures of the International Criminal Court, and an exploration of the symbols of justice in world mythology.

A Light on Political Thought

September 7, 2011

Beginning in Fall 2010, a small group of students and their 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. In…

Meet USC Dornsife's New Faculty

September 7, 2011

USC Dornsife welcomed 27 new faculty members in the 2011-12 academic year. Hailing from universities around the world, this year’s group of scholars are some of the best and brightest in the nation, bringing with them…

Senior author Kelvin J. A. Davies, the James E. Birren Chair in Gerontology and professor of gerontology and biological sciences, holds a joint appointment in USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and USC Dornsife.

Natural Anti-Oxidant Deserts Aging Body

September 1, 2011

When the body fights oxidative damage, it calls up a reservist enzyme that protects cells — but only if those cells are relatively young, a study has found. Biologists at USC discovered major declines in the…

Travis Williams, assistant professor of chemistry in USC Dornsife. Photo by Dennis Martinez.

USC Breakthrough in Hydrogen Fuel Cells

September 1, 2011

A team of USC Dornsife scientists has developed a robust, efficient method of using hydrogen as a fuel source. Hydrogen makes a great fuel because it can be converted easily to electricity in a fuel cell and because it is…

David Bach (B.A., social sciences and communication, '90) is founder of Finishrich Media in New York City. Photo by Phil Channing.

America's Money Advocate

August 26, 2011

David Bach lets the HARPO Studio’s greenroom door close behind him and waits backstage for his final cue. The top button of his blue oxford shirt open and classic black suit perfectly tailored, he’s ready. This is…

Daniel Walker speaks at the recent Passing the Mantle  Institute gathering for African American clergy and lay leaders at USC. Photo by Malllory Carra.

Keeping the Black Church of Los Angeles Alive

August 25, 2011

From the influence of President Barack Obama to the recession and housing crisis, the needs and realities of the African American community in Los Angeles have changed — and Daniel Walker believes that the Black Church…

High school students in a Summer@USC Program course debate international intervention in human rights violations. Photo by Susan Kamei.

High Schoolers Become 'Summer Trojans'

August 25, 2011

Is chronic Lyme disease a myth? How does Botox work? What role does nationalism play in world politics? Do video game designers consider a user’s brain activity? What is the genesis of pop culture? In July, high school…

Under John Hubbard’s leadership, applications for admission to USC rose from 4,100 in 1970 to more than 11,000 in 1979. Photo by Curtis Studios.

In Memoriam: USC President Emeritus John Randolph "Jack" Hubbard, 92

August 24, 2011

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. “All…

USC Dornsife Welcome Picnic 2011

A Warm Welcome

August 18, 2011

Photos by Emily Cavalcanti, Laurie Moore, Nick Pittarides, Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody and Mira Zimet With the comforts of home in tow, USC Dornsife’s newest students arrived on August 17 to move into their new campus…