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August 2013 News Archives

International relations alumna Pam Mizuno spent a week this May volunteering on coffee farms in Costa Rica, assisting with research relating to American leaf spot, a disease currently affecting coffee harvests in the country. Photo courtesy of Pam Mizuno.

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

August 30, 2013

Volunteering at organic coffee farms in Costa Rica, Pam Mizuno rose with the sun each morning around 5 a.m. Once on her feet, Mizuno would slather on a thick layer of sunblock, coat herself in bug spray, then enjoy a hearty…

Mary Gerlitz was a devoted member of staff at USC Dornsife for 44 years and will be remembered for her warmth and kindness. She was also a highly accomplished organist and co-founder of the Cantori Domino choral group based in Santa Monica, Calif.  Photo courtesy of Cantori Domino.

In Memoriam: Mary Gerlitz, 68

August 29, 2013

Mary Gerlitz, an honors programs administrative coordinator, has died after 44 years of loyal service to USC Dornsife. She was 68. Gerlitz died on Aug. 1, at Keck Hospital of USC in Los Angeles from heart failure. In 2009,…

The streets of Havana offered students a chance to find experiences relevant to their own interests. Photo by Neftalie Williams.

An Insider’s Cuba

August 27, 2013

USC students studied the shifting political, social and economic landscapes in Cuba for the second consecutive summer as the result of a collaboration of three schools — USC Dornsife, the USC Annenberg School for…

About 30 million Twitter users share data about their location. They choose whether to release their city and state, their address or their precise latitude and longitude. Their tweet text may also reveal a user’s location as illustrated here, in which a young woman says she is at home. Image courtesy of Chris Weidemann.

Mapping the Twitterverse

August 27, 2013

You start your day at your favorite breakfast spot. When your order of strawberry waffles with extra whipped cream arrives, it’s too delectable not to share with your Twitter followers. You snap a photo with your…

Incoming USC Dornsife freshman John Marot holds up a T-shirt declaring him a new member of the Trojan Family, while his father gets choked up with pride. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

‘Nervous and Excited’

August 22, 2013

Inside a dormitory room at Fluor Tower, John Marot unpacked a cardinal T-shirt emblazoned with the gold words: Trojan Family Member Since 2013. His father, John, who had traveled from South Korea where he is a history…

Ivan Krylov and Melissa Williams, chemistry researchers at USC Dornsife, were honored by the International Society for Antiviral Research (ISAR) for excellence in scientific poster presentations. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Fourfold Excellence

August 22, 2013

Postdoctoral research associate Ivan Krylov and Ph.D. chemistry students Melissa Williams, Candy Hwang and Elena Ferri have more than one thing in common. They all work in the laboratory of Charles McKenna, vice dean for…

‘Excited and Nervous’

August 21, 2013

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In addition to their research, the undergraduates had time for sightseeing in both countries. In Cairo, the group braved temperatures of nearly 120 degrees Fahrenheit to visit the Great Pyramid of Giza. They are shown here at stone blocks of the pyramid's base. Photo by Steven Weier.

Climbing to the Light

August 20, 2013

During a recent Problems Without Passports (PWP) course, eight international relations undergraduates saw firsthand a parliamentary democracy at work when an environmental demonstration meant to save Gezi Park in Istanbul,…

Edwin “Bud” M. Perkins Jr., sits on a lawn near USC University Park campus in the 1990s with his German shepherd, Weiss. Photo by Jeff Perkins.

In Memoriam: Edwin “Bud” M. Perkins Jr., 75

August 20, 2013

Edwin “Bud” M. Perkins Jr., a 34-year faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences at USC Dornsife and an expert in histology, has died. He was 75. Perkins died of causes related to prostate cancer at…

USC Dornsife alumna Bonnie Nijst, president and CEO of ZEESMAN, is a strong believer in the power of women- and minority-owned businesses to drive the economy, especially in underserved communities. Photo by Susan Bell.

Branded a Winner

August 15, 2013

A successful minority business owner, Bonnie Nijst encountered sexism and prejudice on her journey to the top. “I remember a time when someone came into my bureau for a meeting with me and said to my assistant…