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2012 News Archives

Scientists conduct research on vitamin B deficient zones in the ocean aboard a University of Hawaii vessel. Photo by Paul Lethaby.

Vitamin ‘Deserts’ in the Ocean Identified

July 25, 2012

Using a newly developed analytical technique, a team led by USC Dornsife scientists was the first to identify long-hypothesized vitamin B deficient zones in the ocean. “This is another twist to what limits life in the…

Visitors are invited to tour the USC Shoah Foundation Institute. This wall display maps out the institute's history preserving nearly 52,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. Photo by Kim Fox.

A Look Behind the Visual History Archive

July 24, 2012

Cool air filtered through the videotape processing room of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, housed in USC Dornsife. A group of visitors studied the bulky tape decks that lined the walls as a steady mechanical hum whirred…

In his new book, <em>Achieving Nuclear Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians, and Proliferation </em> (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Jacques Hymans, associate professor of international relations in USC Dornsife, suggests that repressive, authoritarian regimes often undermine their own nuclear programs with the same heavy-handed management they use to control their countries. Photo courtesy of Jacques Hymans.

Can Iran Achieve Its Nuclear Ambitions?

July 20, 2012

Sanctions, sabotage, diplomacy and even the threat of military action — the United Nations Security Council countries seem to be emptying their toolbox when it comes to containing Iranian nuclear ambitions. But nuclear…

<em>Elsewhere, California</em>, a debut novel written by USC Dornsife’s Dana Johnson, examines assimilation, class and the complications of African American identity. Dana Johnson photo by Ben Pack.

Finding One’s Self in L.A.

July 19, 2012

As USC Dornsife’s Dana Johnson strolled through Echo Park, taking in the downtown Los Angeles skyline and Palm tree-lined lake, the characters, setting and plot of her first novel took shape. Johnson often hiked several…

Lee Crystal (MLS '12) shakes hands with Jim Kincaid (right), Aerol Arnold Chair in English and Professor of English, and chair of the MLS Faculty Board in USC Dornsife, after Crystal presented his research at the international symposium. Nita Kincaid looks on. Photo by Emily Loynachan.

USC Dornsife’s Master of Liberal Studies Program Hosts International Symposium

July 16, 2012

Under an umbrella in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center courtyard, students from USC Dornsife’s Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program traded spirited ideas about Friedrich Nietzsche’s “God is Dead”…

USC Dornsife junior and senior geology majors in Malaga, Spain. Photo courtesy of John Platt.

Spain Rocks

July 13, 2012

For some people, rocks are those pesky objects that sometimes find their way into your shoes. But for aspiring geologists, who study how rocks came to be, the aggregate of minerals provide a looking glass into the past. Was…

Steve Kay, incoming dean of USC Dornsife, is one of the world’s top experts on genes and circadian rhythms. He has published more than 200 papers and has been cited in <em>Science</em> magazine's “Breakthroughs of the Year” three times since 1997. Photo by Emily Cavalcanti.

Resetting Your Biological Clock

July 12, 2012

Led by Steve Kay, incoming dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, biologists at UC San Diego have discovered a chemical that offers a completely new and promising direction for the development of drugs…

Lorna Joachim, daughter of Mary Roney, presents a copy of her mother's thesis to Master of Liberal Students (MLS) program student Jeri Schuessler-Loynchan (right), who won the first Mary Roney Memorial Scholarship. Photo by Ambrosia Brody.

MLS Program Awards First Mary Roney Scholarship

July 12, 2012

Jeri Schuessler-Loynachan became the first Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program student to receive The Mary Roney Memorial Scholarship during the program’s annual colloquium. The family of Mary Roney, who earned a…

Contestants have their ups and downs on a boss-employee edition of the game show Wipeout Tuesday, July 10 at 8 p.m. on ABC. Photo by Mike Weaver.

USC Dornsife Student Takes on Wipeout

July 9, 2012

As the director of USC Orientation Programs, Tom Studdert is used to helping incoming freshmen and transfer students overcome obstacles. But when he and USC Dornsife creative writing student Matt Schaefer became contestants on…

David St. John is the author of 10 collections of poetry, the newest is <em>The Auroras</em> (HarperCollins, 2012). Here, St. John of USC Dornsife stands in front of his home in Venice, Calif. Photo by Roger Snider.

The Goddess of the Dawn

July 3, 2012

In the poem, “The Aurora of the New Mind,” the narrator fluffs up the pillows then won’t let the reader get comfortable. There had been rain throughout the province Cypress & umbrella pines in a palsy of…