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2014 News Archives

The highest academic degree is a doctorate. This year, 203 doctoral students earned their Ph.Ds at USC Dornsife.

Our Dazzling Doctorates

May 15, 2014

Jia Liu: Dancing Through Darkness Jia Liu. Photo by Lizzie Hedrick. At age 6, Jia Liu was preparing for her first televised performance with an elite dancing school in Inner Mongolia. As a reward for her success, her…

From left, salutatorian Jared Sokol, valedictorian Jana Shapiro and salutatorian Brian Lentz are all from USC Dornsife this year. Photos by Gus Ruelas.

Valedictorian and Salutatorians

May 14, 2014

This year’s valedictorian and salutatorians have two big things in common: all three are from USC Dornsife and all want to be doctors. Medicine is a tough profession that has come under fire lately, but Jana Shapiro,…

Stephanie Wetzel, a psychology major, with her poster explaining her award-winning research into the relationship between a child's admission to a pediatric intensive care unit and the development of acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder in the young patients and their families. Photo by Heather Cartagena.

Symposium Superstars

May 14, 2014

The daughter of a pediatric intensive care (PICU) physician, USC Dornsife psychology major Stephanie Wetzel grew up observing her father make his rounds as he cared for children suffering from life-threating illnesses or…

Professor Steven Lamy, vice dean for academic programs (center), accepts his USC Mellon Mentoring Award from Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni, chair of the USC Mellon Mentoring Forum (right), and professor Oliver Mayer, co-chair of the USC Mellon Mentoring Forum. Lamy was among 11 USC Dornsife faculty honored. Photo by Ziva Santop/Steve Cohn Photography.

Mellon Mentoring Awards

May 14, 2014

Eleven USC Dornsife faculty — one in memoriam — were honored during the recent annual USC Mellon Mentoring Awards ceremony. In the academic year 2007-2008, USC embarked on a six-year partnership with the Andrew W.…

Wendy Wood, USC Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, and vice dean for social sciences at USC Dornsife, has led a study showing that women at their fertility peak do not seek out particularly masculine or genetically fit males.

What Women Want

May 13, 2014

Over the past two decades, studies in reproductive biology and psychology have purported to show a correlation between what women want in a male partner and their time of the month — demonstrating that which guy catches…

Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie directs <em>Unbroken</em>, the life story of war hero and USC Dornsife alumnus Louis Zamperini. The film will be in theatres on Dec. 25, 2014. Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Courageous Comrades

May 12, 2014

Louis Zamperini just turned 97. This gets him reflecting on how to live a long life. “People always talk about diet,” Zamperini says. “But it’s not diet.” His disarming blue eyes twinkle. For a…

Members of USC’s Value Investing Group (VIG) met with USC Dornsife alumnus Arthur Lev, a managing director at Morgan Stanley, to present investment pitches and get feedback. USC Dornsife sophomores Daniel Clancy (left) and Kes Rittenberg (center) help present the group’s Dunkin’ Donuts stock pitch to Lev. Photo by Laura Paisley.

Taking Stock

May 9, 2014

“America Runs On Dunkin.’ ” Anyone who’s ever lived on the East coast is probably acquainted with the Dunkin’ Donuts slogan and their tangerine and hot pink color scheme. One of Starbuck’s…

President Barack Obama holds up his Ambassador for Humanity Award, presented to him by USC Trustee Steven Spielberg, founder of USC Shoah Foundation — the Institute for Visual History and Education. Photos by Getty Images.

‘Eternal Flame of Testimony’

May 8, 2014

In recognition of his efforts to protect human rights, his commitment to education and his work advancing opportunities for all people, President Barack Obama was presented May 7 with the Ambassador for Humanity Award by…

Good negotiators are adept at making offers and talking in negotiation, but also at managing their facial expressions, finds a recent USC study. Here are some images used in the facial expression study.

I Can See it on Your Face

May 8, 2014

While Disney’s Academy Award-winning Frozen anthem “Let It Go” has dominated the Billboard 200, sales records and parents’ eardrums with its message of all-out emotion, that approach probably…

Youngmin Choe, assistant professor of East Asian languages and cultures at USC Dornsife, co-edited <em>The Korean Popular Culture Reader</em> (Duke University Press, 2014). Photo courtesy of Youngmin Choe.

The Korean Wave

May 8, 2014

From Psy’s “Gangnam Style” to American remakes of films like Oldboy, Korean pop culture has been inescapable in the past few years. For some American audiences, it might seem to have emerged overnight. But…