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2012 News Archives

USC Dornsife alumna Sarah Greene, who earned a Ph.D. in geological studies in 2011, and Rowan Martindale, a doctoral candidate in earth sciences, contributed to a recent study that looks at geological records for evidence that mass extinction events may have been caused by ocean acidification.

Earth's Past Is Warning for the Future

March 6, 2012

When the Earth’s carbon dioxide level increased at a rapid rate during the Triassic-Jurassic period 200 million years ago, nearly half the ocean’s marine life became extinct. USC Dornsife geologists contributed to…

Professor Ada Yonath discusses the chicken-or-the-egg conundrum at a USC event. Photo by Dennis Martinez.

Nobel Laureate Visits USC, Inspires Students

March 2, 2012

Ada Yonath, one of just four women ever to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, told USC students last month what it takes to be a successful scientist: curiosity, passion and perseverance. Yonath, professor of structural…

Analyzing Life on a Molecular Level

Analyzing Life on a Molecular Level

March 1, 2012

Three faculty members in USC Dornsife’s Department of Biological Sciences received research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop and apply innovative methods to analyze data on proteins, genes…

"Sleep Log," written by Alain Borer and translated into English by Mark Irwin, tells the story of a sick and delirious traveler sailing from France to Tahiti. The text, which combines historical narrative, travelogue and poetry, is based on a voyage made by Borer. Irwin and Borer are both professors in USC Dornsife.

Vast Waters of the South Pacific

February 29, 2012

The ocean never finishes in the wake of boats. An unceasing torment infinitely prolonged that I would not wish on my worst enemy. Especially since my worst enemy is myself. Amid a vast ocean, in the belly of a ship, a…

From left, Stanley Rosen, professor of political science in USC Dornsife leads a discussion with television and film producer, Zhang Jizhong during the conference. Robert Chi, assistant professor of Asian languages and cultures at UCLA interpreted for Zhang. Photo courtesy of Zhang Jizhong.

Monkey King to become China's Mickey Mouse?

February 28, 2012

International filmmakers and developers interested in partnering with China on business ventures such as constructing theme parks or filming movies are advised to have a deep understanding of the Chinese culture, panelists…

Carl Christol, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Political Science in USC Dornsife, was a pioneer in the field of international space law who helped establish one of the nation’s first courses on human rights.

In Memoriam: Carl Q. Christol, 98

February 28, 2012

Carl Quimby Christol, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science in USC Dornsife and pioneer in the field of international space law, has died. He was 98. Christol died at home in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Feb. 22,…

USC Dornsife's Jennifer Do stepped out from behind her laboratory workstation and onto a stage to participate in the 2012 Miss Vietnam of Southern California Pageant. The sophomore majoring in biological sciences decided to enter the world of pageantry after researching the Westminster, Calif., Vietnamese community for a linguistics course. Photo by David L. Pham.

From Classroom to Center Stage

February 22, 2012

When USC Dornsife sophomore Jennifer Do gracefully crossed the stage of the Miss Vietnam of Southern California Pageant, her confidence and natural elegance evidenced a well-seasoned contestant. Yet before the Jan. 27…

Nicky Sa-Eun Schildkraut, a Ph.D. student in literature and creative writing in USC Dornsife, reads from her   first book, Magnetic Refrain, during the Kaya Press launch party. The poetry collection will be published in September 2012 by the leading independent press of Asian American literature in the United States, Kaya Press, which is housed in USC Dornsife’s Department of American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE). Photo by Ambrosia Brody.

Kaya Press Moves from New York to USC Dornsife

February 21, 2012

In her first book, Magnetic Refrain, Nicky Sa-Eun Schildkraut, a Ph.D. student in literature and creative writing in USC Dornsife, frames her poetry collection around themes of loss and waves of diasporic flight as a result of…

Yale composer Reena Esmail (left) was so moved by Carol Muske-Dukes' (right) poem, "White Key," she set it to music, which will be performed by Volti in San Francisco early March. Esmail photo by David Fung. Muske-Dukes photo by Carlos Puma.

White Key to Have West Coast Premiere

February 21, 2012

“White Key,” a poem by California Poet Laureate Carol Muske-Dukes of USC Dornsife, has been set to music by Yale composer Reena Esmail and will be performed by the famous Volti voice ensemble of 20 professional…

In USC's inaugural science-themed filmmaking competition, USC Dornsife's Kevin Le and USC School of Cinematic Arts' Edward Saavedra, sophomores, took top prize for their short movie, <em>Time</em>, which explains why times moves forward and never back. Shown here is Salvador Dali's 1931 melting clock painting, <em>The Persistence of Memory</em>. Image © 2007 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Time Flies

February 17, 2012

To learn why time moves only forward one must first understand a fundamental law of physics: the increase of entropy. The law describes the tendency for systems to go from a state of higher organization to disorder. Consider…