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July 2008 News Archives

The Happiness Gap

The Happiness Gap

July 1, 2008

Women end up unhappier than men later in life — even though they start out happier, reveals a new study by USC College alumna Anke Plagnol, a research associate at the University of Cambridge, and Richard Easterlin, USC…

New Unruh Institute Director Appointed

New Unruh Institute Director Appointed

July 1, 2008

Dan Schnur, a veteran of four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns, has been named director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, housed in USC College. Schnur served as the national director of…

Step by Step

Step by Step

July 1, 2008

Pulling on a pair of sweats, Deara “DeDe” Okonkwo pirouetted, rumbaed and tapped into summer. Inside her South Los Angeles dance studio, the image of her petite frame in a cotton-candy-pink sweat suit bounced off…

How to Save the Planet — with Carbon Dioxide

July 1, 2008

Don’t waste your breath — it may be the fuel of the future. At least that’s the scenario examined by a group of scientists at a workshop co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and USC…

The Naked City Through the Camera’s Eye

The Naked City Through the Camera’s Eye

July 1, 2008

Arthur Fellig, better known as Weegee, was the proto-paparazzo, introducing wartime America to the pleasures of gawking at crime scenes and misbehaving rich people. The first photojournalist to be granted permission to carry…

Economists and Theologians Tackle Poverty

Economists and Theologians Tackle Poverty

July 1, 2008

In a major shift in Catholic social thought, Pope John Paul II argued that the creation of wealth in a market-driven economy — or capitalism — could under certain conditions promote the common good for all of…

Cinematic Simians on a Space Safari

July 1, 2008

When Kirk DeMicco, a former Thematic Option student who majored in economics and political science, read the book The Right Stuff, a comment by test pilot Chuck Yeager stuck in his mind. Yeager, talking about the simians used…

What Makes Life Go in the Tropics?

What Makes Life Go in the Tropics?

July 1, 2008

What causes tropical life to thrive: temperature or sunlight? The answer is not necessarily “both.” According to a study published online in PNAS Early Edition, the explosion of species at the tropics has much…