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2012 News Archives

Kwasi Connor: Sampling Mussels off Catalina Island

The Long Way Home

May 2, 2012

Late one night in 2006, Kwasi Connor entered a dark, empty laboratory at California State University, Los Angeles. Connor, now a Ph.D. candidate in USC Dornsife, had worked at the lab for two years under the tutelage of…

Steve A. Kay currently serves as dean of biological sciences at the University of California, San Diego. Photo courtesy of the University of California, San Diego.

Kay Named New Dean of USC Dornsife

May 1, 2012

Steve A. Kay has been appointed the 21st dean of USC Dornsife, the university announced today. He will lead USC Dornsife starting this Fall. Kay, who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), currently serves as…

From left, Stephen Smith, Arnold Spielberg, Steven Spielberg and USC president C. L. Max Nikias celebrate the presentation of the Shoah Foundation Institute’s inaugural Inspiration Award. Photo by Jonathan Leibson/FilmMagic/Getty Images.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Presents Inspiration Award

April 27, 2012

Arnold Spielberg, father of USC Shoah Foundation Institute founder Steven Spielberg, was honored on April 26 with the institute’s inaugural Inspiration Award at a private luncheon in Los Angeles. Arnold Spielberg was…

A USC scientist treats a glass slide with nanocrystals. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

USC Researchers Develop Path to Liquid Solar Cells

April 26, 2012

Scientists at USC have developed a potential pathway to cheap, stable solar cells made from nanocrystals so small they can exist as a liquid ink and be painted or printed onto clear surfaces. The solar nanocrystals are about…

Brighde Mullins has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work as a playwright. Her latest play is titled <em>The Bourgeois Pig</em>, a story about a photojournalist in the Vietnam War who becomes a paparazzo in Hollywood.

USC Dornsife's Brighde Mullins Named Guggenheim Fellow

April 25, 2012

Brighde Mullins, director of USC Dornsife’s Master of Professional Writing program, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work as a playwright. Mullins will use the fellowship to spend the Fall 2012 semester…

The Middle East: Choose Your Lens

The Middle East: Choose Your Lens

April 25, 2012

The Middle East cuts a wide swath: it contains a number of countries, a multitude of languages, cultures and customs, and thousands of years of history. Interests and conflicts resonate on a global scale, such as the…

Kelly Purvis ’82 and Jeffrey Smulyan ’69 were presented with Alumni Service Awards at the 79th Annual USC Alumni Awards on April 28. Purvis photo courtesy of Kelly Purvis. Smulyan photo by Emmis Communications.

Dedication Defined

April 24, 2012

Two USC Dornsife graduates have been honored with Alumni Service Awards for their longtime volunteer efforts on behalf of USC. Kelly Purvis ’82 and Jeffrey Smulyan ’69 were presented with their awards at the 79th…

Thousands stroll USC's University Park campus April 21 and 22 and attend panel discussions, including ones that spotlight USC Dornsife authors. Photo by Dennis Martinez.

L.A., L.A., Do You Read?

April 23, 2012

USC Dornsife authors emerged as main characters this past weekend during the 17th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books held for the second year at USC. They shared the page with the likes of journalist Patt Morrison…

In a study of college students in the United States and China, Emily Gee and Lisa Cui found that fundamental cultural differences lead people to perceive advertisements in different ways.

Target Market

April 22, 2012

    Student researcher: Emily Gee Major: Political science and public relations Minor: Environmental science Year: Senior     Student researcher Lisa Cui ’11 Major:…

As a research assistant in Matthew Dean’s lab, Amanda Johnston performs polymerase chain reactions to analyze rodent DNA and determine their genotypes.

Cracking the Code

April 22, 2012

    Student researcher: Amanda Johnston Major: Biological sciences Minor: Spanish Year: Senior Student funding sources: Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR), Summer Undergraduate Research…