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2009 News Archives

Kevin Kelly (left) and Ryan Drap, both seniors majoring in geography in USC College, stand next to their poster mapping out the air pollution levels near all roads in Los Angeles County. The poster and research won a top award by the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers. Students Austen Lee and Juan Morales were also on the winning team. The students had participated in the College's Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF). Photo credit Taylor Foust.

SURF Students Wave Hello to Top Award

November 3, 2009

USC College's Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) has made a splashy entrance. After the program's second official year, research produced by SURF students has won a top honor from the Association of Pacific Coast…

The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Inc. selected George Sanchez as the outstanding Latino/a faculty in higher education research institutions. “I am deeply honored,” he said. Photo credit Alexandra Bissonette.

Higher Education Group Honors Sanchez

October 29, 2009

George Sanchez, director of diversity and professor of American studies and ethnicity and history at USC College, has been selected as the outstanding Latino/a faculty in higher education research institutions by the American…

Robin D. G. Kelley, professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, spent 14 years researching and writing his new biography of legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. Photo credit LisaGay Hamilton.

No Myths, Just Monk: The Story of a Musical Legend

October 27, 2009

Every day for almost a year, Robin D. G. Kelley dug through junk to find a man. In a storage facility stacked to the ceiling with overflowing bags and boxes, Kelley donned a dust mask and spent hours sorting through the…

Portraits by Eric O’Connell Photography. O’Connell, a professional photographer, is enrolled in the Master of Arts in Visual Anthropology program at USC College. His project focuses on the visual ethnography of men and women in Germany who have adopted the “lifestyle” of the American cowboy.

Legends Asch and Myerhoff Inspire A New Generation of Visual Anthropologists

October 23, 2009

Twenty-six years ago the first visual research center at USC within the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences was founded by Academy award winner Barbara Myerhoff ("Number Our Days"). The program thrived and was further…

Seeking the Truth of the Khmer Rouge

Seeking the Truth of the Khmer Rouge

October 22, 2009

Born and raised in Prasat, a small village in Cambodia, Kosal Path was not yet one when the radical Communist Khmer Rouge came into power, igniting a genocide that would end in the massacre of nearly 2 million…

Catherine E. Clark, USC College Ph.D. candidate and recipient of a Bourse Chateaubriand Dissertation Fellowship, will spend the next nine months in Paris, France, studying the nature of photographic archives. Photo credit Laurie Hartzell.

Ph.D. Candidate Catherine E. Clark Awarded Bourse Chateaubriand Fellowship

October 20, 2009

We've all heard the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" so often that it has begun to lose its meaning. A single image, according to the saying, can tell a story better than mere text. So how many words is an entire…

Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing, is one of 20 new faculty members at USC College.

Meet New College Faculty

October 16, 2009

View all of the new USC College faculty members. Wendy Wood Gives New Meaning to "Old Habits Die Hard" Wood, passionate and articulate about her research, is a highly regarded social psychologist who studies attitude and…

New College Faculty 2009–2010

October 16, 2009

Jody Agius Vallejo Assistant Professor of Sociology Ph.D., Sociology, 2008, University of California, Irvine Previous Institution: University of California, San Diego Jody Agius Vallejo specializes in international…

More New College Faculty 2009–2010

October 16, 2009

View more new faculty members: < page 1   David Kang Professor of International Relations and Business, Director of Korean Studies Institute Ph.D., Political Science, 1995, University of California, Berkeley …

Wearing her USC T-shirt, Mary Ellen "Jem" Jebbia attends a coming-of-age celebration at a mosque during Ramadan in Malawi. Photo credit Karem Issa.

Eradicating Malaria in Malawi

October 12, 2009

Mary Ellen "Jem" Jebbia knows firsthand that the fight against malaria is more complicated than dispensing bed nets. The USC College senior spent three weeks in Malawi fighting malaria this summer through a Faiths Act…