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2014 News Archives

Professor of Economics Arie Kapteyn and co-authors of a new study found significant evidence that supplementing the income of the elderly poor improved their health. Photo by Roger Snider.

Income Boosts Health of Elderly

December 22, 2014

Boosting the incomes of poor, elderly residents in developing countries can significantly improve their health and well-being, particularly in lung function and memory, according to a new study released today.

 The study,…

Joseph Dorri, 30, is graduating with a degree in psychology and ambitions to work in the federal government. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

The Only Way is Up

December 22, 2014

In 2009, Joseph Dorri hit rock bottom. After clashing with his Iranian-born parents over his university and career plans, the community college graduate left home in September 2008 determined to make it on his own. After…

Tomik Vertanou (sixth from the left), stands with Hyer United volunteers. A shipment of medical supplies is ready for the two month trip to rural areas of Armenia. Photos courtesy Tomik Vertanous.

A Delivery of Health and Hope

December 22, 2014

Two years ago when Tomik Vertanous learned that doctors in the Artsakh region of Armenia were severely lacking in medical supplies, he was moved to action. “They were still using pillows that dated back to the collapse…

Alumnus Louis Zamperini is honored in the newly launched Louis Zamperini Scholarship. Here, the late Zamperini shares a moment with Angelina Jolie, who directed the upcoming film <em>Unbroken</em> about his life. Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Saluting the Unbroken Spirit

December 18, 2014

In honor of alumnus Louis Zamperini and to keep the Trojan legend’s unbreakable spirit alive, USC has launched an endowed scholarship in his name. The Louis Zamperini Scholarship will be awarded annually to a male or…

As The Huntington president, English alumna Laura Skandera Trombley looks forward to working with The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. Francine Orr, Copyright, 2014, <em>Los Angeles Times</em>. Reprinted with permission.

Trombley Joins The Huntington

December 18, 2014

Growing up surrounded by tract housing in a Los Angeles suburb, Laura Skandera Trombley loved to escape with her mother to visit The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. There, in the San Marino,…

U.S. and Nicaragua teams after a game in the capitol city of Managua in 2013, part of a baseball tour organized by the International Baseball Academy of Central America. Photos courtesy of Bob Oettinger.

Play Ball

December 18, 2014

Quintessentially American, baseball is widely recognized as the national sport. Internationally, however, the bases aren’t fully loaded. This became clear in 2005, when the International Olympic Committee dropped…

The USC Wrigley Institute, housed in USC Dornsife, sent Juan Carlos Aguilar to San Diego this March for a training course at the Maritime Institute to prepare for the United States Coast Guard test for a 50-ton “near coastal” captain’s license. Photo by Eun-Jung Julie Koh.

The Fish Whisperer

December 17, 2014

Juan Carlos Aguilar came to Catalina Island a few years after finishing high school in San Diego, California. He worked for two summers at the general store in Two Harbors, scooping ice cream among other tasks, then applied…

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Dean Kay Announces New Advancement Leader

December 17, 2014

USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay has appointed Edward “Eddie” Sartin as senior associate dean for advancement. Sartin will begin his new role on Jan. 5, 2015. The University of Southern California has just passed the…

A determined problem-solver, Michael Bergmann oversaw development of the exceedingly durable compound XDR used in the soles of Nike tennis shoes today. Photos courtesy of Michael Bergmann.

High Performance

December 16, 2014

Throughout his 30-year career with Nike, USC Dornsife alumnus Michael Bergmann recalled how again and again he would be thrown into a situation where he had to think on his feet to solve a problem. In one scenario in 2004, a…

Soon to become a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, Mark Thompson invented the molecules that make the colors red and green appear on the Samsung phone’s screen. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Thompson Hailed as Innovator

December 16, 2014

USC Dornsife’s Mark Thompson will become a new fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), an elite group of innovators that includes 21 Nobel laureates from around the world. Thompson and two other USC…