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October 2008 News Archives

Host Billy Crystal; honoree Kirk Douglas; Steven Spielberg, founder of the Shoah Foundation, honorary chair of the Shoah Foundation Institute and USC trustee; Wallis Annenberg, USC trustee; and USC President Steven Sample attend the institute’s 2008 annual Ambassadors for Humanity Gala held at the California Science Center. Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.com.

Kirk Douglas: 91 and Still Giving

October 1, 2008

Steven Spielberg, Billy Crystal and Bette Midler took center stage in honoring Kirk Douglas with the Shoah Foundation Institute’s Ambassador for Humanity Award on Oct. 22. Throughout the evening, hosted by quick-witted…

America’s Next Top (Role) Model

America’s Next Top (Role) Model

October 1, 2008

When classical pianist Pauline Yang began performing in Europe, she noticed the audiences were filled with enthusiastic children and teens. Hoping to learn ways to bolster similar interest among United States' youths, she…

Developing Minds

Developing Minds

October 1, 2008

“How does it happen when you figure out what your life’s work is going to be? What are the roots to that? How do you make those choices?” Frank Manis, professor of psychology in USC College, posed these…

USC Scholar Conducts Largest U.S. Survey of Asian American Voters

USC Scholar Conducts Largest U.S. Survey of Asian American Voters

October 1, 2008

A new report by political scientist Janelle Wong of USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences reveals that a majority of Asian American likely voters oppose a constitutional amendment that would define “marriage as…

Building Bridges Between Linguistics and Neuroscience

Building Bridges Between Linguistics and Neuroscience

October 1, 2008

Roumyana Pancheva is a scholar looking to expand her arsenal of research techniques.The linguist has dedicated her career in large part to the study of syntax and semantics — the ways we combine words to form meaningful…

What's Next?

What's Next?

October 1, 2008

For an undergrad, the only thing scarier than being unprepared for finals is being unprepared for the future. But as graduation draws near, many students find themselves unsure of what step to take next, and unfortunately…

Glenda Flores, a doctoral student in sociology, received two awards from the American Sociologal Association for her research on race relations among elementary school teachers. Photo by Roger Snider.

Double Honors for Sociology Doctoral Student

October 1, 2008

Sometimes happiness is mixed with sadness. At least that was the case for Glenda M. Flores. In June the USC College sociology doctoral student headed to Mexico with her family to attend her grandfather's funeral. After…

What's Really Happening on Wall Street?

What's Really Happening on Wall Street?

October 1, 2008

The headlines cry “bailout” and “economic crisis” daily. The stock market fluctuates wildly. Banks tumble, only to be bought by other banks. Politicians point fingers and argue about potentially…