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2013 News Archives

The new minor in Iranian studies in USC Dornsife will teach students about the history of Iran. For example, they will learn about Persepolis, the capital of Archaemenid Empire (ca. 550-330 BC), where the Sehdar Palace is located. Here, Persian noblemen are carved on a palace wall.

Iranian Studies Minor Offered

June 3, 2013

For the first time in its history, USC Dornsife will offer a minor in Iranian studies, as part of an initiative launched in November 2010 by the Farhang Foundation. The Iranian studies minor is the latest in a series of…

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at USC Dornsife’s Brain and Creativity Institute, is particularly interested in social emotions that promote learning, motivation and resilience, such as compassion, admiration and inspiration. Photo by Steve Cohn.

How Emotions Evolve

June 3, 2013

How do culture and environment shape how we — and our brains — experience social emotions and self? That’s one of the intriguing domains Professor Mary Helen Immordino-Yang is exploring as part of her most…

A new report finding stark gender differences in how men and women age in China was led by John Strauss, professor of economics in USC Dornsife. Photo by Alexandra Bissonnette.

Gender Disparity in China

May 31, 2013

Researchers from USC, Peking University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a team of international partner institutions released on May 30 the first major report from a massive survey of Chinese adults…

While caring for his family during Hurricane Sandy, Luis Hernandez was preparing for an interview in New York for acceptance into the USC Posse Scholars Program. He arrives at USC Dornsife in August. Photo by Bethany Bandera.

Hurricane-Force

May 31, 2013

Luis Hernandez was hunkered down at his older sister’s home in Jamaica, Queens while Hurricane Sandy carved its destructive path. Hernandez, his mother and 13-year-old brother had been evacuated from their apartment at…

Growing up in New Jersey, Provost Fellow Edward Gauvin had no early plans to get into French literature translation; it happened gradually. Photo by Vince Passaro.

Found in Translation

May 30, 2013

In the eyes of Provost Fellow Edward Gauvin, translation is a creative activity. A busy translator of French literature for the past five years, he sees the task as more an exercise in adaptation. “I have to create a…

In times of stress, people are just as likely to default to positive habits, such as eating a healthy breakfast, as they are to self-sabotage. Photo courtesy of  Daderot.

Healthy Habits Die Hard

May 29, 2013

Stress and exhaustion may turn us into zombies, but a novel study by USC researchers shows that mindless behavior doesn’t just lead to overeating and shopping sprees — it can also cause us to stick with behaviors…

Verna Negri Zamagni, chair and professor of economic history at the University of Bologna in Italy, leads a spirited discussion during a past international conference hosted by the The Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, housed in USC Dornsife. Father James Heft, Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion, and institute director (far right), listens. Photo by Alexandra Bissonnette.

Writers' Retreats

May 28, 2013

Housed in USC Dornsife, the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies (IACS) has announced its new class of Generations in Dialogue (GID) scholars. Six scholars from throughout the nation were selected from a pool of 121…

A modern, electric city is born: a 1958 image of Los Angeles at night. Photo by Joseph Fadler, courtesy Huntington Library, San Marino.

Electric City

May 23, 2013

A towering electricity pylon dominates a moody black-and-white nightscape of 1950s Los Angeles. Silhouetted center stage, it straddles the landscape, its looping power cables carving up the artificially illuminated sky. At…

Sean Little, who graduated from USC Dornsife in 2006 with a bachelor's in English, was inspired by his professor and mentor Alice Echols to use his English degree in an innovative way. Little photo by Erica Christianson. Echols photo by Philip Channing.

Getting That First Job

May 23, 2013

As many children do, Sean Little dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. Then the Manhattan Beach native decided spending his days in the sunshine as a lifeguard was his calling. By the time he reached high school, he felt a tug…

USC President C. L. Max Nikias (center) was among the attendees to congratulate this year’s Wall of Scholars honorees, including many USC Dornsife students. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Wall of Scholars

May 21, 2013

The academic achievements of more than 60 exceptional USC students — many from USC Dornsife —took center stage at the annual Wall of Scholars recognition ceremony on May 16. The names of these high-achieving…