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May 2014 News Archives

Stephanie Wetzel, a psychology major, with her poster explaining her award-winning research into the relationship between a child's admission to a pediatric intensive care unit and the development of acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder in the young patients and their families. Photo by Heather Cartagena.

Symposium Superstars

May 14, 2014

The daughter of a pediatric intensive care (PICU) physician, USC Dornsife psychology major Stephanie Wetzel grew up observing her father make his rounds as he cared for children suffering from life-threating illnesses or…

Professor Steven Lamy, vice dean for academic programs (center), accepts his USC Mellon Mentoring Award from Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni, chair of the USC Mellon Mentoring Forum (right), and professor Oliver Mayer, co-chair of the USC Mellon Mentoring Forum. Lamy was among 11 USC Dornsife faculty honored. Photo by Ziva Santop/Steve Cohn Photography.

Mellon Mentoring Awards

May 14, 2014

Eleven USC Dornsife faculty — one in memoriam — were honored during the recent annual USC Mellon Mentoring Awards ceremony. In the academic year 2007-2008, USC embarked on a six-year partnership with the Andrew W.…

Wendy Wood, USC Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, and vice dean for social sciences at USC Dornsife, has led a study showing that women at their fertility peak do not seek out particularly masculine or genetically fit males.

What Women Want

May 13, 2014

Over the past two decades, studies in reproductive biology and psychology have purported to show a correlation between what women want in a male partner and their time of the month — demonstrating that which guy catches…

Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie directs <em>Unbroken</em>, the life story of war hero and USC Dornsife alumnus Louis Zamperini. The film will be in theatres on Dec. 25, 2014. Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Courageous Comrades

May 12, 2014

Louis Zamperini just turned 97. This gets him reflecting on how to live a long life. “People always talk about diet,” Zamperini says. “But it’s not diet.” His disarming blue eyes twinkle. For a…

Members of USC’s Value Investing Group (VIG) met with USC Dornsife alumnus Arthur Lev, a managing director at Morgan Stanley, to present investment pitches and get feedback. USC Dornsife sophomores Daniel Clancy (left) and Kes Rittenberg (center) help present the group’s Dunkin’ Donuts stock pitch to Lev. Photo by Laura Paisley.

Taking Stock

May 9, 2014

“America Runs On Dunkin.’ ” Anyone who’s ever lived on the East coast is probably acquainted with the Dunkin’ Donuts slogan and their tangerine and hot pink color scheme. One of Starbuck’s…

President Barack Obama holds up his Ambassador for Humanity Award, presented to him by USC Trustee Steven Spielberg, founder of USC Shoah Foundation — the Institute for Visual History and Education. Photos by Getty Images.

‘Eternal Flame of Testimony’

May 8, 2014

In recognition of his efforts to protect human rights, his commitment to education and his work advancing opportunities for all people, President Barack Obama was presented May 7 with the Ambassador for Humanity Award by…

Good negotiators are adept at making offers and talking in negotiation, but also at managing their facial expressions, finds a recent USC study. Here are some images used in the facial expression study.

I Can See it on Your Face

May 8, 2014

While Disney’s Academy Award-winning Frozen anthem “Let It Go” has dominated the Billboard 200, sales records and parents’ eardrums with its message of all-out emotion, that approach probably…

Youngmin Choe, assistant professor of East Asian languages and cultures at USC Dornsife, co-edited <em>The Korean Popular Culture Reader</em> (Duke University Press, 2014). Photo courtesy of Youngmin Choe.

The Korean Wave

May 8, 2014

From Psy’s “Gangnam Style” to American remakes of films like Oldboy, Korean pop culture has been inescapable in the past few years. For some American audiences, it might seem to have emerged overnight. But…

In a story published recently in <em>PLOS Genetics</em>, Matthew Taylor, Ph.D. student in molecular and computational biology (left), and Ian Ehrenreich, assistant professor of molecular biology, found that genetic variants can collectively affect physical characteristics. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Breaking the Genetic Code

May 7, 2014

Scientists at USC Dornsife have definitively demonstrated that large sets of variations in the genetic code that do not individually appear to have much effect can collectively produce significant changes in an…

Doug Capone's research looks at the role and importance of marine microbes in major biogeochemical cycles, particularly those of nitrogen and carbon. In particular, he has shown nitrogen fixation — the process by which nitrogen is converted to ammonia — to be a key biogeochemical process in several marine ecosystems. Photo by by Taylor Faust.

Capone to Receive Top Biosciences Award

May 5, 2014

Doug Capone, William and Julie Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and professor and chair of biological sciences, has been honored with the 2014 DuPont Industrial Biosciences Award in Applied and Environmental…