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2013 News Archives

On the University Park campus, from left, USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay, Linda and Harlan Martens, and the Linda and Harlan Martens Endowed Director’s Chair for the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, Peter Mancall. The endowed chairship was made possible through a $1 million donation by the Martens. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Securing the Future

November 27, 2013

Growing up in Pasadena, Calif., Harlan Martens’ family would bring out-of-town visitors to the magnificent Huntington Library. His wife Linda, originally of Fullerton, Calif., also remembers visiting the library as a…

The USC Korean Studies Institute

Explaining Korea to the World

November 27, 2013

USC Dornsife's Korean Studies Institute nurtures future generations of scholars through classes, programs and activities designed to increase interest in the East Asian territory and encourage a wider public discussion about…

With a $1.5 million grant from the Mathers Foundation, University Professor Antonio Damasio of USC Dornsife is leading a study to understand how the axon insulator myelin affects the ability to process feelings in the brain. Photo by Philip Channing.

More Than a Feeling

November 25, 2013

The Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) based at USC Dornsife has received a $1.5 million grant from the Mathers Foundation to investigate the neurobiology of feelings at the cellular level.  One of the fundamental…

Syd Field Tribute

In Memoriam: Syd Field, 77

November 21, 2013

Syd Field, lecturer in the Master of Professional Writing (MPW) program at USC Dornsife, whose 1979 book Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting has been the major reference tool for generations of writers, has died. He…

Professor of Earth Sciences Thorsten Becker has been awarded a 2013 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. He will use the award to continue his research on the dynamics of earthquake faults in Potsdam, Germany. Photo by Michelle Boston.

Finding Fault

November 20, 2013

Thorsten Becker, professor of earth sciences, has won a 2013 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award will support his continued research in Potsdam, Germany, on the…

Named a 2013 “Rising Star” by the Association of Psychological Science, Darby Saxbe, assistant professor of psychology at USC Dornsife, measures fluctuations in cortisol levels and uses neuroimaging to study how relationships with family and close friends affect health and well-being. Photo by Susan Bell.

Under the Skin

November 20, 2013

It’s difficult to forget the harrowing images of emaciated, hollow-eyed Romanian orphans whose plight was revealed after the fall of Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu’s brutal regime in 1989. “When children…

University Professor Antonio Damasio of USC Dornsife led a panel on the brain and creativity before scientists from throughout the world. Here, he is seen in his office at the USC Brain and Creativity Institute, housed in USC Dornsife. Photo by Philip Channing.

The Creativity Machine

November 18, 2013

Antonio Damasio, University Professor, David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and professor of psychology and neurology at USC Dornsife, spoke about the neuroscience of creativity during a recent conference held in San Diego…

USC Dornsife alumnus Bill Altaffer is among the most traveled people in the world. He has exhausted 12 passports and 130 visas, visiting all 192 United Nations countries plus 300 island groups. Here he is pictured on the summit of China's Mount Hua Shan surrounded by red Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags. Photo courtesy of Bill Altaffer.

Trojan Globetrotter

November 15, 2013

William “Bill” Altaffer has feasted on boiled cobra washed down with warm snake’s blood from a street stall in Bangkok, Thailand. He’s polished off a plate of baked crocodile skewered on a Masai sword…

“The rest is silence,” said Bryan Garcia, splayed out, clutching his side as he played Hamlet. Undergraduates taking a Shakespeare course from USC Dornsife’s Julianne Werlin worked with USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) students to produce <em>Hamlet</em>. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

‘O, I Die, Horatio’

November 15, 2013

Foil shimmered under the spotlight as two young actors traded feints, thrusts and parries. As their black boots shuffled furiously, the flecks of foil that made up their swords flew around the stage. The actors kept going,…

The Ananias sisters, pictured here with their parents, are USC alumni. The family survived the <em>Costa Concordia</em> shipwreck in 2012. From top left: Georgia, Dean; From bottom left: Debbie and Valerie of USC Dornsife and Cindy of Keck School of Medicine of USC. Photo by Arturo Montoya.

Five Hours of Terror

November 15, 2013

When the theme song from the movie Titanic boomed from speakers, Georgia Ananias remarked to her husband maybe that wasn’t the best song to play on a cruise ship. An hour later, just as their dinner salads arrived at…