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2014 News Archives

“I have never been happier about being wrong,” said El-Naggar, corresponding author of a new study in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</em> that shows the key feature in bacterial nanowires are not hair-like features, or pili. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Bacterial Nanowires Not Pili

August 20, 2014

For the past 10 years, scientists have been fascinated by a type of “electric bacteria” that shoots out long tendrils like electric wires, using them to power themselves and transfer electricity to a variety of…

Alumna and pearl biologist Tina Weier conducts an underwater environmental resource survey in the Cook Islands. Photos courtesy of Tina Weier.

A Pearl of a Job

August 19, 2014

Growing up in Florida, Tina Weier dreamed of being a marine biologist on a tropical island. “My mom has a picture book I made when I was in first grade that has a photo of me next to a giant fake shark,” she said.…

USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay (second from right) announced the appointments of Richard Antaramian (left), Richard Hovannisian and Salpi Ghazarian (right) during a gathering of the leadership council and supporters of USC Dornsife’s Institute of Armenian Studies. Photo by Shahe Melelian.

Dean Kay Appoints New Armenian Institute Director and Faculty

August 18, 2014

On August 14, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Dean Steve Kay announced the appointment of Salpi Ghazarian as director of USC Dornsife’s Institute of Armenian Studies (IAS) at a gathering of the IAS…

Two new online graduate certificates in geospatial information science and technology launched by USC Dornsife's Spatial Sciences Institute this Fall will offer GIST professionals additional expertise in leadership and geospatial intelligence. Image courtesy of Spatial Sciences Institute.

Mapping a Better Future

August 14, 2014

The Spatial Sciences Institute housed at USC Dornsife continues to set new standards in the study of geospatial analysis with the launch this Fall of two new online graduate certificates in geographic information science and…

During a Problems Without Passports trip to Washington, D.C., to gain insights about the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, students visited the White House. From left, Aaron Rifkind, Emily Kennelly, Kayla Foster, Wayne Glass, Kshitij Kumar, Laura Holgate, Kayleigh Axtell, Adela Jones, John Caton and Ian Beck. Photos courtesy of Wayne Glass.

Avoiding Mass Destruction

August 14, 2014

Attending a meeting at the Pentagon, students visited the 9/11 memorial where they stood in reverential silence as they read the names of the fallen. Then, at a Pentagon briefing with cyber security and missile defense…

A historian of international relations, Mary Elise Sarotte's research focuses on Untied States and European foreign policy in the 20th century, particularly during the Cold War. Photo courtesy of Mary Elise Sarotte.

From Berlin to Baghdad?

August 12, 2014

On the evening of Nov. 9, 1989, Americans were tuned to their televisions watching “NBC Nightly News” anchorman Tom Brokaw report from West Germany. It was a momentous occasion. The Berlin Wall, a 28-year symbol of…

A new book by Christelle Fischer-Bovet of classics, who has received two new fellowships for her research, sheds light on state formation in Hellenistic Egypt. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Exploring Hellenistic Egypt

August 12, 2014

After the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C., Ptolemy I declared himself pharaoh of Egypt. Originally from Macedonia — what is now Greece — Ptolemy’s rise to power marked the beginning of the…

Opposition supporters shout in their stronghold of Tahrir Square in Egypt. Photo by Reuters.

War of Words in the Middle East

August 8, 2014

In 2011, the Arab world exploded. Protests rippled throughout the region’s most repressive states, in some cases overturning regimes that had stood intact for decades. Middle East scholars like Laurie Brand watched with…

Oleg Prezhdo, a native of Kharkiv, Ukraine, joins the USC Dornsife Department of Chemistry this Fall as professor of chemistry. His research centers on efficient and cheaper solar energy production and biological nanotechnology. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

An Energetic New Professor

August 7, 2014

Growing up in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Oleg Prezhdo loved mathematics, not unlike his mathematician mother. But ultimately, his physical organic chemist father encouraged him to pursue chemistry. Prezhdo earned his Ph.D. in…

Michael Messner, who has taught sociology at USC Dornsife for 27 years, will be honored with the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Feminist Mentoring Award at an August 18 ceremony in San Francisco. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Messner Wins Feminist Mentoring Award

August 5, 2014

Michael Messner, professor of sociology and gender studies at USC Dornsife, will receive the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Feminist Mentoring Award on August 18 at a banquet and awards ceremony, held at the City Club…