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2011 News Archives

Faculty Notes

April 24, 2011

Aimee Bender, associate professor of English, won the 2010 SoCal Independent Booksellers Association Award in Fiction for her latest novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Random House, 2010). Yehuda Ben-Zion, professor…

The "Dart Aphrodite," a Greco-Roman marble sculpture, dates between 100 B.C. and 100 A.D.

"Dart Aphrodite" Comes to USC

April 22, 2011

In November of 2010, the University of Southern California received a rare and beautiful ancient marble head of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, or Venus as the ancient Romans called her. When I was Dean of the School of Fine…

May Berenbaum won the 2011 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, administered by USC Dornsife. Berenbaum was honored for her work on the co-evolutionary arms race between plants and the insects that eat them, and for helping to pass a bill addressing the disappearance of honey bees. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Postcards from the Edge of a Leaf

April 22, 2011

Entomologist May Berenbaum is bugged by Rep. Joe Baca. Seeking to forever squash the Delhi sands flower-loving fly, the congressman for California’s 43rd district is pushing for a bill that would amend the federal…

Kam Kuwata ’75 at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colo. Photo courtesy of Bill Carrick.

In Memoriam: Kam Kuwata, 57

April 21, 2011

USC Dornsife alumnus and political strategist Kam Kuwata, who worked for Senator Dianne Feinstein and late Senator Alan Cranston, has died. He was 57. Kuwata died in his Venice, Calif., home on April 11. His sudden death…

From Mock Trial to Real Cases

From Mock Trial to Real Cases

April 19, 2011

Seated at a counsel table in a Los Angeles County courtroom, Elvira Kras anxiously awaited the jury’s decision. After years of work, she listened as the jury awarded Mohammed Usman Chaudhry’s family $1.7 million in…

Holocaust survivor Renée Firestone in the film <em>The Last Days</em>. The USC Shoah Foundation Institute has partnered with Comcast to release this documentary film and nine others in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Photo by Geoffrey Clifford.

Remembering Their Stories

April 18, 2011

Watching a visual testimony from a Holocaust survivor is a deeply moving, powerful and unforgettable experience. The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, based in USC Dornsife, maintains a historic…

USC juniors and seniors recite the oath that inducts them into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Society Epsilon Chapter of California at USC. The academic society welcomed 189 inductees, many of whom are students in USC Dornsife, on April 8 during an initiation ceremony at Town and Gown. Photo by Brian Morri.

A Love of Learning

April 18, 2011

Standing beneath the large glass chandeliers in Town and Gown, USC juniors and seniors proudly raised their right hands as they recited the oath that would induct them into the nation’s most prestigious academic honor…

<em>The Open Laboratory 2010</em>, which showcases the best science writing on the Web, is edited by Jason Goldman, a USC Dornsife doctoral student in developmental psychology.

Science Writing for Everyone

April 12, 2011

Do Japanese people have a special sushi-digestion gene? What are 10 things everyone must know about comets? Can giraffes swim? Inquiring minds from the Internet’s vibrant scientific online community want to know. The…

USC Dornsife's Abe Lowenthal recently interviewed Ecuador President Rafael Correa in Quito, part of Lowenthal's research for his forthcoming book with a working title, <em>Rethinking U.S.-Latin American Relations</em>. Photo courtesy of President Correa's office.

U.S. 'Historically Antagonistic' to Progressive Change in Latin America, Ecuador Chief Says

April 7, 2011

With one book just out and another expected next year about United States-Latin America relations, Abe Lowenthal has spent the past four years interviewing leaders of diverse perspectives south of the border. The professor of…

Doctoral candidate Beth Stauffer (left), research technician Alyssa  Gellene, and Astrid Schnetzer, assistant research professor, all of David Caron's laboratory use an EcoMapper to measure the oxygen level and other water data toward the end of the cleanup effort at King Harbor. Photo by Carl Oberg.

Nothing Fishy about Sardine Kill

April 4, 2011

The few million silvery sardines that recently went belly up at Redondo Beach have been removed and the rotten egg smell has nearly dissipated. But the fish kill story at King Harbor is not over. “We’re going to…