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Commencement 2008

Commencement 2008

May 1, 2008

Head of the Class Julianne Yulan Gale is living proof that trying to cubbyhole people is a waste of time. She defies categorization. An academic superstar in computer science, she is also an experienced actress. ... For…

Against the Grain

Against the Grain

May 1, 2008

As a graduate student at Stanford University, Ricardo Ramírez was warned against studying California politics. Local politics was passé, he was counseled. He would be better served focusing on Congress or the…

Creating Miracles: Down to a Science

Creating Miracles: Down to a Science

May 1, 2008

The world’s first implantable retinal prosthesis — a wee intraocular camera tinier than a Tic-Tac — has become Noelle Stiles’ dedicated focus. Each day, Stiles is eager to work on developing the device…

Science Stars

Science Stars

May 1, 2008

When April 1 rolled around, USC College undergraduates Dallas Shi and Sonya Hanson both knew that Goldwater Scholarship announcements were just around the corner. Shi anxiously checked the honorable mention list first. Not…

Cosmic Seeker

Cosmic Seeker

May 1, 2008

When she was growing up in Milan, Italy, science was something of a family business for Elena Pierpaoli. Her mother and aunt were physicists, her sister a mathematician and her father an economist. So it seems fitting that…

Waterkeeper Alliance and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Honored

Waterkeeper Alliance and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Honored

May 1, 2008

During an Earth Day celebration, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. accepted USC College’s first annual Sustainability Champion Award on behalf of his environmental group’s steadfast activism and successful litigation against…

Mind Your Language

Mind Your Language

May 1, 2008

James Higginbotham, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics, stopped the rapid-fire, hunt-and-peck typing on his electric typewriter to answer a reporter’s question. The scholar of international repute had…

In Memoriam: Harlan Hahn, 68

In Memoriam: Harlan Hahn, 68

May 1, 2008

Harlan D. Hahn, activist and leading authority on disability rights, and a faculty member in USC College for 35 years, has died. He was 68. Hahn, professor of political science specializing in American and urban politics,…

New Center for Study of Immigrant Integration Announced

New Center for Study of Immigrant Integration Announced

May 1, 2008

USC College and the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development (SPPD) have created a new center addressing the urgent need for knowledge about the successful integration of immigrants. College Dean Howard Gillman and…

Four to Receive Honorary Degrees

May 1, 2008

A shrewd corporate executive, a forceful activist, a risk-taking producer and a philanthropist will receive the university’s top commencement awards Friday. Robert A. Iger, chief executive officer of the Walt Disney…