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2012 News Archives

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Follow Your Heart

January 31, 2012

Like most of my fellow Trojans, I lived off the I-10 Freeway during my four years at USC. I took it to the beach on beautiful afternoons; I followed it to countless reporting assignments for Annenberg classes and the Daily…

"We want undergraduates, graduates and colleagues not to take their visual surroundings for granted. And to think intelligently and questioningly about what use we make of images. And, in a sense, the use that images make of us." - Kate Flint, Provost Professor of English and Art History, leader of the USC Dornsife 2020 research cluster “Seeing 20/20: The USC Visual Studies Research Institute.”

The Future...Not What It Used to Be

January 31, 2012

A New American Narrative The year is 2042. If you are white and living in the United States, you are a minority, according to Census Bureau projections. “By 2042, the U.S. is going to look completely different in terms…

Photo by Duane Ryder.

Putting Words into Action

January 31, 2012

When Troy Polamalu left Los Angeles to join the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2003, he vowed to return and complete his college education. On May 13, 2011, he traded in his black and gold Steelers helmet and jersey for a …

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Visits Political Science Class

A Lesson in Leadership from the Mayor

January 30, 2012

The 18 students in “Case Studies in Modern Leadership” sat with rapt attention listening to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as he shared his philosophy for overcoming adversity — a challenge he…

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.

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Launches IWitness

January 30, 2012

More than 350 New York high school students had watched parts of Holocaust survivor Roman Kent’s video testimony about living in Lodz, Poland, when the Germans invaded during World War II. The young Roman, his parents,…

Research associate Shayantani Mukherjee and USC Dornsife professor Arieh Warshel liken the rotation of F1-ATPase to that of a fan.

USC Scientists Build Working Model of Life’s Engine

January 27, 2012

Researchers at USC have built a theoretical working model of the cellular engine that powers all life. The model will allow scientists to better understand the forces of life at the molecular level and potentially replicate…

USC Dornsife's Katrina Edwards, left, examines a sample during a deep-sea expedition. Photo by Bill Crawford.

Life Discovered on Dead Hydrothermal Vents

January 27, 2012

Scientists at USC have uncovered evidence that even when hydrothermal sea vents go dormant and their blistering warmth turns to frigid cold, life goes on. Or rather, it is replaced. A team led by USC Dornsife microbiologist…

Richard Brutchey’s research at USC Dornsife focuses on the synthesis, surface chemistry and applications of inorganic nanocrystals for solar energy conversion and energy storage. In addition to being named a 2012 Emerging Investigator by <em>ChemComm</em>, he was recently presented with a Raubenheimer Junior Faculty Award, the highest award bestowed to faculty in USC Dornsife. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Nod to the Nanoscale

January 26, 2012

Richard Brutchey, assistant professor of chemistry, was recently lauded for his work as a researcher by ChemComm, a leading chemical sciences journal published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. ChemComm named Brutchey a 2012…

Jeb Barnes, associate professor of political science in USC Dornsife and a Dornsife Faculty Fellow, discusses congressional efforts to reform asbestos litigation in his new book, Dust-Up: Asbestos Litigation and the Failure of Commonsense Policy Reform (Georgetown University Press, 2011). Barnes photo by Alexandra Bissonnette.

What Lies Beneath the Asbestos Crisis

January 23, 2012

When thousands of workers filed lawsuits against employers in search of asbestos injury compensation, Congress planned to create a national social insurance program for asbestos claims but failed. A new book written by USC…

Oskar Schindler (second from right) puts a face on good human conduct, a theme explored in Glenn Fox's research on gratitude. The research of USC Dornsife's Fox has earned him an award from the Oskar Schindler Humanities Foundation. Schinder, who outwitted Hitler and the Nazis to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other during World War II, is pictured here in Munich, Germany in 1946 with some of the people he rescued. Copyright © United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C./Leopold Page Photographic Collection.

From the Bottom of My Heart

January 20, 2012

Put yourself in the position of a Jew during World War II who escapes to France penniless and is forced to beg on the streets. A passerby gives you roasted peanuts — your first morsel of food in several days. You are…