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April 2011 News Archives

Jerry Buss

The Man Behind the Purple & Gold

April 24, 2011

In his best-selling book Good to Great, business consultant Jim Collins advises organizations to get the right people on the bus and the wrong people off. When it comes to Los Angeles, the Lakers and USC, Jerry Buss is either…

Alisa Rogers (M.S., chemistry, '79) is co-founder of Optical Air Data Systems and Catch the Wind in Manassas, Va. Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan.

Winds of Fortune

April 24, 2011

Alisa Rogers finished 10th grade and was already headed to Syracuse University. But before leaving her Baltimore high school, she met her future husband and business partner. Philip Rogers was a brilliant young student who…

Ed Flory with a portrait of USC's fifth president, Rufus B. von KleinSmid. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

The Glory of Ed Flory '49

April 24, 2011

Before leaving for World War II, freshman Ed Flory was summoned by USC President Rufus Bernhard von KleinSmid. At a time when nearly all young male students went to war, the fifth president gave as many as he could a USC…

Faculty Bookplate

April 24, 2011

MM-Personal From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe Abrams / Lois Banner, professor of history and gender studies, peers behind the veil of the legend that is Marilyn Monroe to clarify, qualify or reverse many common…

Alumni Bookplate

Alumni Bookplate

April 24, 2011

Institute for Advanced StudyImages of America Series Arcadia / Linda Arntzenius (MPW, ’98) examines photo collections at the Institute for Advanced Study and those of Princeton residents to disclose the scholarly…

Faculty Notes

April 24, 2011

Aimee Bender, associate professor of English, won the 2010 SoCal Independent Booksellers Association Award in Fiction for her latest novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Random House, 2010). Yehuda Ben-Zion, professor…

The "Dart Aphrodite," a Greco-Roman marble sculpture, dates between 100 B.C. and 100 A.D.

"Dart Aphrodite" Comes to USC

April 22, 2011

In November of 2010, the University of Southern California received a rare and beautiful ancient marble head of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, or Venus as the ancient Romans called her. When I was Dean of the School of Fine…

May Berenbaum won the 2011 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, administered by USC Dornsife. Berenbaum was honored for her work on the co-evolutionary arms race between plants and the insects that eat them, and for helping to pass a bill addressing the disappearance of honey bees. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Postcards from the Edge of a Leaf

April 22, 2011

Entomologist May Berenbaum is bugged by Rep. Joe Baca. Seeking to forever squash the Delhi sands flower-loving fly, the congressman for California’s 43rd district is pushing for a bill that would amend the federal…

Kam Kuwata ’75 at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colo. Photo courtesy of Bill Carrick.

In Memoriam: Kam Kuwata, 57

April 21, 2011

USC Dornsife alumnus and political strategist Kam Kuwata, who worked for Senator Dianne Feinstein and late Senator Alan Cranston, has died. He was 57. Kuwata died in his Venice, Calif., home on April 11. His sudden death…

From Mock Trial to Real Cases

From Mock Trial to Real Cases

April 19, 2011

Seated at a counsel table in a Los Angeles County courtroom, Elvira Kras anxiously awaited the jury’s decision. After years of work, she listened as the jury awarded Mohammed Usman Chaudhry’s family $1.7 million in…