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2010 News Archives

USC College alumnus Taylor Hackford '68 holds up his Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award trophy, flanked by USC President Steven Sample (right) and Robert Padgett '68, president of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, whom Hackford met while both were students. Photo credit Steve Cohn.

USC College Alumnus Wins Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award

April 27, 2010

Most people think alumnus and Academy Award-winning director Taylor Hackford is a product of USC's School of Cinematic Arts. "Actually, he never went to film school," noted USC President Steven Sample. "He studied…

Film Director: Taylor Hackford

A Global Lens

April 27, 2010

The year was 1967. The Graduate opened in movie theaters and The Doors’ self-titled album debuted. Despite student uprisings across the country, then USC student president, Taylor Hackford ’68, described the…

Alumni Bookplate

April 26, 2010

Woman on a Shaky Bridge by Millicent Borges Accardi Finishing Line Press / Millicent Borges Accardi (MPW, ’93) offers 16 poems, which one reviewer notes “blaze with passion, outrage, wisdom, wit, grief, and…

Faculty Bookplate

April 26, 2010

Confronting Modernity in Fin-de-Siécle France Bodies, Minds and Gender edited by Elinor Accampo and Christopher E. Forth Palgrave Macmillan / Elinor Accampo, professor of history, and her co-editor reassess the…

Alumnus Douglas Ayres. Photo courtesy of D. Ayres.

Redemptive Suffering

April 26, 2010

On the morning of February 20, 2006, I received a call from my father at 8 a.m. It was a holiday, President’s Day. My father could not speak. He sounded in shock. And he was only able to stutter a few words and my name…

Faculty Notes

April 26, 2010

Jody Agius Vallejo, assistant professor of sociology, was featured in Investment Advisor magazine’s February cover story titled “Invest Globally, Advise Locally.” David Albertson, assistant professor of…

(From left) David and Dana Dornsife, and Joyce J. Cammilleri. Dornsife photo credit Steve Cohn. Cammilleri photo credit HC Van Urfalian.

Mindful Giving

April 26, 2010

David and Dana Dornsife David and Dana Dornsife continue a family legacy of giving to USC and USC College’s neuroscience program with a lead gift of $6 million for the new Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) building.…

USC College alumnus Alan C. Nelson has pioneered 3-D imaging techniques for the detection of cancer. Photo courtesy of Alan C. Nelson.

Image is Everything

April 26, 2010

During the course of his career, Alan C. Nelson ’72 has acquired more than 100 technology patents and pioneered 3-D imaging techniques for the detection of cancer. These breakthroughs represent significant steps toward…

USC College alumnus Paul Frommer created a language for the film <em>Avatar</em>. Photo by Max S. Gerber

The Science of Language (Na'vi, That Is)

April 26, 2010

"Stars are fascinating," Paul Frommer enthused. "I recall many a New York night when as a child I stood out in a vacant lot bundled up against the cold, holding a star map and a flashlight covered in red cellophane [red light…

Jia Grace Lu, associate professor of physics in USC College. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Building the Nano World

April 26, 2010

We can assume by its prefix that a nanometer is small — very small, in fact. One nanometer is equal to one billionth of a meter. In comparison, a single human hair is about 50,000 nanometers wide, and a nanowire diameter…