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2012 News Archives

Dion Dickman studies synapse development, function and plasticity. The New Scholar Award in Aging will fund his research into the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in the nervous system during the aging process. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Dion Dickman Wins Award to Fund Research on Neurobiology of Aging

July 3, 2012

Dion Dickman, assistant professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has received a 2012 New Scholar Award in Aging from the Ellison Medical Foundation. Over the next four years, the $400,000 award will fund…

A high school student watches Holocaust survivor Roman Kent's testimony about his experience in Poland during World War II on IWitness. The educational resource provides educators and students with more than 1,000 video testimonies of eyewitnesses of the Holocaust to be used in classroom lessons. Photo by Melissa Jacobs.

IWITNESS Wins National Honor

June 29, 2012

IWitness, an Internet resource developed by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, has been recognized by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) as one of the 2012 Top Web sites for Teaching and Learning. IWitness…

A testimony being processed for digital preservation. Photo by Kim Fox.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Completes Preservation of Holocaust Testimonies

June 29, 2012

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute has completed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar project to digitally preserve the video interviews in its visual history archive. The archive contains testimony from nearly 52,000 Holocaust…

Thomas J. Barrack Jr. began his real estate investment career as president of Dunn International Corp. He received a B.A. in sociology from USC Dornsife in 1969. Photo by Fabrice Malard.

USC Dornsife Alumnus Named University Trustee

June 28, 2012

Thomas J. Barrack Jr. ’69, founder, chairman and CEO of Los Angeles-based Colony Capital LLC, one of the world’s largest private equity real estate firms, was elected to the USC Board of Trustees on June…

G. K. Surya Prakash and Sri Narayan recently were recognized for their contributions to the field of chemistry. Parkash photo by Phillip Channing.

Chemistry Professors Elected to Prestigious Science Societies

June 28, 2012

Two stars of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute have been recognized for their ongoing achievements with elections to academic societies. G. K. Surya Prakash, director at the institute, was elected as a fellow of…

The interviews of nearly 52,000 Holocaust survivors and other witnesses will be available at the Israeli university located on historic Mount Carmel.

Israel to Benefit from USC Shoah Foundation Institute Archives

June 26, 2012

The University of Haifa has become the first university in Israel with access to the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education’s archive, a searchable repository of nearly 52,000 video interviews…

Members of the Los Angeles Indian community at a celebration at USC on June 23 in honor of a new faculty chair in Hindu studies. Photo by Donald E. Miller.

New Hindu Studies Chair

June 25, 2012

The USC School of Religion will establish the first chair of Hindu studies in the United States funded by the Indian-American community. The $3.24 million gift from the Dharma Civilization Foundation to the School of…

A vehicular accident after his freshman year at USC impacted Bob Padgett’s life in ways he could not have expected. The event helped the emergency room physician discover his passion for medicine and desire to help others. Photo by Max S. Gerber.

An Accident with Purpose

June 25, 2012

On a bright day in 1964, Bob Padgett drove a company Ford van down two-lane Highway 4 from Hayward, Calif., to a construction site in Pittsburg, a 43-mile trip, and rounded the top of a small hill. Without any warning signage…

Learning a new language while strengthening their understanding of how business is conducted in East Asia, is the main focus of the Summer 2012 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. A USC Dornsife graduate and undergraduate student are spending the Summer semester in Taiwan and Beijing, China, studying Mandarin. They were among six USC undergraduate and graduate students named FLAS Fellows for Summer 2012.

Broadening Language Skills in East Asia

June 21, 2012

A USC Dornsife recent graduate and undergraduate have received the Summer 2012 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for their commitment to developing their Mandarin language skills. They are spending the Summer…

This artist's rendition created from a photograph of Antarctica shows what Antarctica possibly looked like during the middle Miocene epoch, based on pollen fossil data. Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Dr. Philip Bart, LSU

Antarctica Warmer 20 Million Years Ago

June 18, 2012

Ancient Antarctica was warmer and wetter than previously suspected, enough to support vegetation along its edges, according to a new study led by USC Dornsife’s Sarah Feakins. By examining the remnants of plant leaf wax…