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February 2014 News Archives

USC Dornsife political science major Adrienne Liu (left), and student Shinnie Tu, who also participates in Inside Track. Photo by Vigor Lam.

The Inside Track

February 20, 2014

How do I find my way around campus? What are my on-campus dining options? How can I handle all this schoolwork and still have a social life? What’s going on around campus? How can I get involved at USC? Every semester,…

USC Dornsife’s George Sanchez,  professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, and vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives, speaks at the reception to announce the SACNAS 2014 National Conference, co-organized by USC Dornsife. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Commitment to Diversity

February 19, 2014

The excitement and sense of anticipation were palpable as guests mingled at a recent reception held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to announce the largest gathering of underrepresented minority…

Associate Professor of Psychology and Linguistics Jason Zevin studies how people learn to read and speak, specifically how the brain’s architecture responds to what language is being learned. His recent research focuses on the similarities and differences between English and Chinese speakers. Photo by Michelle Boston.

Mind Your Language

February 18, 2014

Most teachers and parents will tell you that certain words prove more challenging to pronounce for a child learning to read. Jason Zevin explains why. Take the word pint. If young Scarlet is familiar with the words…

Senior Reid Lidow wins a Gates Cambridge Scholarship given to United States-based students. He receives a full scholarship for graduate studies at the University of Cambridge, where he will continue his research on Burma’s political and economic future. Photo by Jake W. Roberts.

Lidow Awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

February 18, 2014

Senior Reid Lidow, an international relations and political science double major, has been awarded a highly competitive Gates Cambridge Scholarship. This award grants him a full scholarship for graduate studies at the…

USC Dornsife Fulbright scholar Jasneet Aulakh is in India studying the effects of India’s 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act of 1993, which mandates that village governments reserve one-third of seats for women. Photo by Laura Paisley.

Feminism: A Family Affair

February 13, 2014

When American feminist and activist Gloria Steinem took the stage at a literary festival in Jaipur, India, in January, USC Dornsife senior Jasneet Aulakh was there. Traveling through India for nine months on a Fulbright…

USC Dornsife senior Anneleise Azúa and her mentor George Sanchez, professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, and vice dean of diversity, at the Rhodes Memorial on Devil's Peak near the University of Cape Town. Photos courtesy of Anneleise Azúa.

Mellon Mays in Cape Town

February 12, 2014

As a USC Mellon Mays fellow, I rang in the New Year by boarding a plane with fellows Rachel Jones and Adeel Mohammadi, and our mentor George Sanchez of USC Dornsife. We flew across the Atlantic Ocean and Africa and made our…

USC Dornsife's Madison Swayne (left) guides hikers from SC Outfitters near the Hollywood Sign in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains. Also a guide during the recent hike was Noa Ervin (right), a philosophy major at USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of Madison Swayne.

Embracing the Detours

February 12, 2014

A competitive surfer and avid hiker, Madison Swayne arrived at USC looking to join a community of students who enjoy the outdoors. The San Clemente, Calif., native found what she was looking for in SC Outfitters, USC’s…

"Sustainability means something different within each discipline, but there's a common understanding of the bigger issues we face," says Provost Professor of Psychology and Business Wendy Wood, who is among those leading the USC Dornsife Sustainability Task Force.

The Task at Land (and Sea and Air)

February 7, 2014

It’s 5 p.m. so you grab your keys and cell phone and head home. As you hear the click of your office door lock shut, you realize you’ve neglected to turn off the light and your computer. But there’s no…

In a recent Barbra Streisand Lecture, sociologist Eva Illouz said the interactive format E L James used to write <em>Fifty Shades of Grey</em> allowed her to incorporate readers’ feedback, including their own fantasies and desired plot twists. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Hard Core Self-Help

February 6, 2014

Anyone who claims not to have at least heard of E L James’ erotic trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey is either fibbing or has been living on a remote desert island with no Internet access for the past three years. The…

USC Dornsife welcomes Naomi Levine (left), Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences, and Smaranda Marinescu, Gabilan Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Levine's research explores climate change effects while Marinescu focuses on sources for clean, renewable energy. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Superlative Scientists

February 6, 2014

Although Naomi Levine has taken 20 cruises off Bermuda, she spent no time lounging by the pool. These were research trips she took as a doctoral student to collect microscopic organisms such as photoplankton and bacteria. Her…