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September 2011 News Archives

Téa Obreht, who graduated from USC Dornsife in 2006 with degrees in creative writing and art history, is the youngest winner of the Orange Prize for fiction for her first novel <em>The Tiger's Wife</em>. Portrait photo by Beowulf Sheehan.

An Unforgettable Year

September 14, 2011

The past year has been a whirlwind for Téa Obreht. The USC Dornsife alumna was named one of The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” and selected as one of the “5 Under 35” by the National Book…

Kwasi Connor: Sampling Mussels off Catalina Island

The Importance of Life's Day/Night Cycle

September 14, 2011

USC researchers were surprised recently to discover just how much the rising and setting of the sun drives life on Earth — even in unexpected places. The findings, which appear this month in the Proceedings of the…

Emma Roll shoots footage for her ethnographic film "They Come in Waves." The documentary explores how surf tourism is affecting beach communities throughout Latin America.

Reel Life

September 12, 2011

A year of hard work came to an exciting culmination Friday, Sept. 9, as nine students in the Master of Arts in Visual Anthropology (MVA) program in USC Dornsife debuted the ethnographic documentary films they spent the past 12…

USC Dornsife's George Olah (right) accepts the Széchenyi-nagydíj Grand Prize award from József Pálinkás, president of the Hungarian Academy of Science, during a ceremony at the Bel Air Crest Clubhouse Sept. 8. Photos by Steve Cohn.

Hungary Honors Native Son George Olah

September 9, 2011

George Olah was born May 22, 1927, in his parents’ apartment in the Pest part of Budapest, Hungary, off the iconic Andrássy Avenue and across from the magnificent state opera house. Many opera company conductors,…

Victoria Hallebo (middle, red shirt) watches closely as the GOP presidential candidates discuss energy, Social Security, jobs and more. Hallebo, a political science and cinematic arts major, is vice president of USC College Democrats. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Dinner and a Debate

September 9, 2011

Watching intently on four flat-screen televisions, the crowd listened to GOP presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, and Rick Santorum take on topics…

In the experiment, people were given popcorn before entering a theatre – some buckets were fresh; others were stale.

Habit Makes Bad Food Too Easy to Swallow

September 8, 2011

Do you always get popcorn at the movies? Or snack while you’re on the couch watching television? A new paper by USC researchers revealed why bad eating habits persist even when the food we’re eating doesn’t…

From Undecided to M.D.

The Language of Medicine

September 8, 2011

Unlike many of her peers, Heather Rosen didn’t always know she wanted to be a doctor. Now a seventh-year general surgery resident, it’s hard to imagine Rosen as anything else. In her crisp white coat and blue…

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…