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July 2013 News Archives

USC Dornsife alumnus Paul Ignatius (right) is congratulated by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus during the Washington, D.C., ceremony celebrating the naming of the future <em>USS Paul Ignatius</em>. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arif Patani.

A Name With Firepower

July 17, 2013

Paul Ignatius did not originally set out for a Navy career. In his youth, he dreamed of a profession in the arts — acting, writing or directing films. So it must have been kismet when, sitting in the Doheny Memorial…

Incoming freshmen receive instruction for a solid and strong transition during orientation at USC University Park campus. Photo by Lillian Insalata.

Class of 2017

July 17, 2013

The newest members of the Trojan Family hail from throughout the nation and world. The admitted USC freshman class, selected from a pool of 47,300 applicants, boasts SAT scores of 2040-2250. These freshmen bring a diversity of…

Incoming USC Dornsife pre-med freshman Taylor Harp, who joins the USC triathlon team, opened the Coffee for a Cause shop at her high school in Colorado benefiting low income students. Photo by Lillian Insalata.

Ironclad Ambition

July 12, 2013

Taylor Harp was 9 when she became a triathlete. The incoming USC Dornsife freshman from Highlands Ranch, Colo., got her first taste of triathlons when a friend convinced her to compete in an IronKids event. It did not go…

Mischalgrace Diasanta, the Mary Roney Scholarship winner for 2013, is congratulated by Susan Kamei, Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) director and Jim Kincaid, chair of the MLS faculty board, who presented Diasanta with a copy of the master's thesis by Mary Roney. Photo by Erica Christianson.

MLS Program Awards Mary Roney Scholarship

July 12, 2013

Mischalgrace Diasanta of USC Dornsife Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) has received the Mary Roney Memorial Scholarship for 2013. MLS presented Diasanta, who as a MLS student wrote about the early depiction of Muslim…

International relations alumna Erica Berger ’09 was singled out by <em>Forbes</em> magazine as being one of the intellectual best of her generation, naming her one of “30 Under 30” to watch in the media category. Photo by Ashley N. Stefan.

Building a Buzz

July 10, 2013

Nothing takes the edge off a Monday morning like learning that Forbes magazine is celebrating you as a young media maven. Although the elite magazine had requested alumna Erica Berger’s photograph, she didn’t yet…

USC Dornsife graduate student Michael Tuma, seen here holding up a Mojave Desert tortoise, wants to ensure that tortoises have the space they need to thrive. Photo courtesy of Michael Tuma.

Emerging From Their Shells

July 10, 2013

The Mojave Desert tortoise can withstand as little as two inches of rain per year and temperatures in excess of 140 degrees, but human activity in their habitat has them listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.…

Students in the Maymester contemporary art course visited Jeff Koons’ <em>Gazing Ball</em> exhibition at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York City — one of many exhibits during their research trip. Photo courtesy of Art21.

Course is Work of Art

July 8, 2013

When Rocio Peña-Martinez walked into the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea on Manhattan’s Westside, her eyes followed the hand-blown, blue glass balls. Each ball balanced atop white plastic casts of classical…

<em>Drosophila melanogaster</em>, or fruit fly, on an apple. Fruit flies eat rotting fruit. The flies are used by Sergey Nuzhdin, professor of molecular biology, and his team to advance our understanding of whether behavior is determined by genetics or by social environment.

Lord of the Flies

July 3, 2013

A million tiny fruit flies live in the laboratory of Sergey Nuzhdin, professor of molecular biology at USC Dornsife. The flies are not (thankfully) buzzing around the room, but safely contained in small glass vials —…

Shown is a colony of Trichodesmium bacteria roughly the size of the head of a pin. David Hutchins and his team studied the nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria as well as Crocosphaera. Photo by Eric Webb.

The Ocean of Tomorrow

July 3, 2013

Climate change may be weeding out the bacteria that form the base of the ocean’s food chain, selecting certain strains for survival, according to a new USC study. In climate change, as in everything, there are winners…

Scientists show that attributing every forgetful moment to getting older can actually worsen memory problems — and reveal a surprising twist. Photo by Rhoda Baer.

Aging Stereotypes and Memory

July 2, 2013

Of the many negative stereotypes that exist about older adults, perhaps the most common is that they are forgetful, senile and prone to so-called “senior moments.” In fact, while cognitive processes do decline with…