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2013 News Archives

Nobel Laureate George Olah of USC Dornsife (right) receives a portrait of himself by the well-known Hungarian painter Kornél Zámbó from Hungarian Consul General László Kálmán of Los Angeles (left) and Ambassador Dán Károly, the consul general of the Hungarian consulate in New York. Photo by Janna Gould.

Honors from Their Other Homes

October 23, 2013

George A. Olah, a Nobel laureate and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and G. K. Surya Prakash, professor of chemistry and director of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, are having a busy week. Shortly before…

Polish film director Ryszard Bugajski speaks to students in the classroom of Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures Anna Krakus (standing). During the Oct. 15 event, he discussed the making of his daring and controversial film <em>Interrogation</em>. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Filmmaker and Rebel

October 22, 2013

In the communist-era Soviet bloc, all forms of artistic expression were subject to censorship and even suppression by the government. This reality gave rise to a dissident, grassroots practice called samizdat in which censored…

Dana Johnson, Judith Freeman and Richard Rayner, all USC Dornsife writers and faculty members, share the same muse: the city of Los Angeles. Photos by Cody Pickens.

Los Angeles by the Book

October 22, 2013

It was the 1970s and Judith Freeman was living in Sun Valley, Idaho, a ski instructor and horse wrangler by day, an aspiring writer by night. She’d never set foot in Los Angeles, yet she knew instinctively she needed to…

Giselle Rodriguez-Forté took a break from the Master of Professional Writing (MPW) program for an opportunity to work as an associate producer at Condé Nast Entertainment in Manhattan, N.Y. She graduates from MPW in 2014. Photo by Michael Lopez.

High Heels, High Ambitions

October 18, 2013

Giselle Rodriguez-Forté will be the first to tell you, she’s a sneakers girl. So it was a bit of a surprise when, searching for something to wear to her grandmother’s funeral, she laid her eyes on a pair of…

Gen. David Petraeus at a meeting with members of USC CREATE during his recent daylong visit to campus as USC Judge Widney Professor. Photo by Tom Queally.

Petraeus’ Surge Across Campus

October 17, 2013

Retired Gen. David Petraeus officially became “Professor Petraeus” to USC students last week — lecturing on energy and the United States economy, meeting with student veterans and cheering the football team…

George Olah (left) and G.K. Surya Prakash receive the 2013 Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize award in recognition of their proposal to use methanol to replace fossil fuels and petroleum-based feedstocks.

Olah and Prakash Receive $1 Million for Fuel Research

October 16, 2013

George Olah and G.K. Surya Prakash, pillars of the chemistry department at USC Dornsife, have received a first-ever $1 million prize from the State of Israel for their innovative research on alternative fuels. Olah, a Nobel…

Alumnus Michael Dawson, Ph.D., '67 has taught psychology at USC Dornsife for nearly 30 years. He is well known for his application of psychophysiology to schizophrenia. Here, he teaches his class on emotion and the heart. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Preventing Relapse

October 16, 2013

One in a hundred people suffers from schizophrenia. Characterized by hallucinations, delusions and gross disorganization of thought and speech, schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder. During a…

“Drop, cover and hold on” for 60 seconds at 10:17 a.m. on Oct. 17. Established by the Southern California Earthquake Center based at USC Dornsife, the drill is the largest such exercise in the world.

Brace Yourself

October 16, 2013

For the sixth consecutive year, USC will participate in the Great California ShakeOut disaster drill. Along with millions of other people throughout the state, USC students, faculty and staff will “drop, cover and hold…

USC Dornsife's Charles McKenna and Myron Goodman research crystal structures for the repair enzyme, DNA polymerase beta (seen here). The enzyme contains an inhibitor molecule (shown in yellow) which forms a complex with DNA. It is designed to selectively block polymerase beta DNA synthesis to kill cancer cells, while ensuring survival of normal cells. Image courtesy of Boris Kashemirov.

Killing Cancer

October 16, 2013

Chemotherapy offers cancer patients hope of a cure, or at least of remission. The problem with the treatment is that all too often a hard-won remission is only temporary. “A typical pattern is that people take the drug,…

As part of the the Garden Gateway Nutrition Program (GGNP), residents of South Los Angeles prepare edible gardens at a local community garden. GGNP is one of many programs supported in part by the USC Good Neighbors Campaign. Photo by Zhiyi Feng.

Be a Good Neighbor

October 15, 2013

Strides have been made to remove the moniker “food desert” from South Los Angeles. Farmers markets have sprouted. Bans against more fast-food restaurants have been implemented. But Garden Gateway Nutrition Project…