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December 2013 News Archives

The Global Ethics Fellows Conference hosted by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs brings together students from around the world to discuss global ethical challenges. Here, attendees participate in a roundtable discussion as part of the program held in New York Nov. 5 to 8. Photo by Amanda Schmitt.

Advocates for Ethics

December 19, 2013

When an earthquake and tsunami occurred in Futaba, Japan, in March 2011, there was a horrible ripple effect. Not only was the small coastal town devastated by the natural disaster, but the nearby Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear…

The Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE), housed at USC Dornsife, contributed to reports that ensured low-income communities of color would have access to the benefits of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's solar rooftop feed-in tariff program. Workers are seen here installing solar panels on a building. Photo courtesy of Fort Dix/U.S. Army Environmental Command.

A Place in the Sun

December 19, 2013

Gleaming rows of solar panels lined the rooftop of the Oxnard Plaza Apartments in North Hollywood, Calif. Then-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa flipped a switch to “on.” The June 2013 event marked the first…

USC Dornsife senior and budding entrepreneur Sanjay Rajpoot is launching a company devoted to taking hydroponics mainstream with the goal of helping to end world hunger. Photo by Matt Stone.

Hydroponics Grows Up

December 19, 2013

Six years ago, then-16-year-old high school student Sanjay Rajpoot was channel surfing at his parents’ Santa Barbara, Calif., home when a documentary caught his attention. It was about hydroponics — the practice of…

Alumnus Anthony Marra's debut novel was longlisted for the National Book Award in fiction, among other laurels. Set in wartime Chechnya, the story was inspired by his study abroad in Russia, which exposed him to Chechnya and ignited a keen interest in the country, its culture and history. Photo by Smeeta Mahanti.

A Constellation of Accolades

December 17, 2013

It’s not bad when the fiction editor of The Washington Post names your first novel his favorite book of 2013. And when President Barack Obama is caught on camera purchasing said novel, that’s also pretty…

Survivors of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre attend a ceremony recently in China to mark the 76th anniversary of the atrocity in which as many as 300,000 civilians and numerous unarmed Chinese soldiers were killed over two months. Photo by Stephen D. Smith.

Nanjing Massacre Remembered

December 16, 2013

Based in USC Dornsife, the USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education has embarked on a historic effort to preserve the testimonies of the last survivors of the 1937 Nanjing Massacre, also…

University Professor Leo Braudy spent his teen years nurtured by B-movies, comic books and rock 'n' roll. He writes about his experiences in 1950s Philadelphia in his new memoir <em>Trying to Be Cool</em>. Portrait by Philip Channing.

One Cool Cat

December 13, 2013

As a teenager growing up in 1950s Philadelphia, Leo Braudy’s free time revolved around hanging out with friends at the local soda shop, listening to rock ‘n’ roll, watching horror films and thinking about…

Romanticizing the violence of the 19th century American frontiersman as a route to individual freedom is dangerous, USC Dornsife doctoral student Alex Young warns in a prize-winning paper. Doing so can serve as a justification for violent and racist politics, he said.

A New Frontier

December 13, 2013

In Quentin Tarantino’s blood-spattered film Django Unchained, set in pre-Civil War America, the eponymous hero is a black slave who has suffered brutal treatment at the hands of his murderous former owners, the Brittle…

Sophomore William Orr in his “Law, Politics and Public Policy” course, which will go toward his major, the new interdisciplinary Law, History and Culture degree. A partnership between USC Dornsife and USC Gould School of Law, the major investigates justice, and the interplay of law, history and culture. Photos by Matt Meindl.

Law With Social Impact

December 12, 2013

“Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice, and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.” These insightful words, spoken…

USC Dornsife’s Arieh Warshel (left) receives the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry from Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on Dec. 10. PHOTO BY ALEXANDER MAHMOUD, COPYRIGHT NOBEL MEDIA AB.

Nobel Medal Bestowed on Warshel

December 10, 2013

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden presented USC’s Arieh Warshel and two colleagues with the 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry at a white-tie ceremony in Stockholm today. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the prize…

Kenneth H. Nealson, Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and professor of earth sciences and biological sciences (left), and Nicos A. Petasis, Harold and Lillian Moulton Chair in Chemistry and professor of chemistry and pharmacology, were selected as AAAS fellows for their key scientific discoveries. Nealson photo by Phil Channing. Petasis photo by Alexandra Bissonette.

Nealson, Petasis Named AAAS Fellows

December 10, 2013

Two USC Dornsife scientists have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), selected for the honor by their academic peers. Kenneth H. Nealson, Wrigley Chair in Environmental…