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A member of the Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) program uses a GPS device on Catalina Island. Photo credit Matt Stuemky.

Get Your Geography Online

April 13, 2010

USC College has launched a new Web site for its innovative online Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) Master of Science and Graduate Certificate Programs.The online geography programs are designed and overseen…

Michel Baudry (right), professor of biological sciences and biomedical engineering, and neuroscience graduate student Sohila Zadran research the cellular-level chain of events behind the learning and memory process. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

The Mechanisms of Memory

March 9, 2010

It’s not a unique situation in scientific research to have a hypothesis disputed. But finally having visual evidence that basically closes the books on decades of scientific debate is a unique and sweet success. For…

Holly Payne ’97 today, fully healed 15 years after surviving a drunk driving accident. Photo credit Cindi Kinney.

Writing to Forgive

February 23, 2010

"If I am alive, I am going to write." Holly Payne '97 spoke these words as she lay on the edge of a road beside a cemetery. Seconds earlier, she stopped to assist two stranded cyclists. A passing pickup truck struck all…

Omid Nohadani, who earned his Ph.D. in physics in USC College in 2005, begins his post as assistant professor at Purdue University in January. Photo courtesy of Omid Nohadani.

A Robust Career for this USC College Alumnus

November 20, 2009

Born decades after the devastating 1940 collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and on the other side of the earth, Omid Nohadani is developing mathematical methodology to ensure such a catastrophe never happens again. A…

Portraits by Eric O’Connell Photography. O’Connell, a professional photographer, is enrolled in the Master of Arts in Visual Anthropology program at USC College. His project focuses on the visual ethnography of men and women in Germany who have adopted the “lifestyle” of the American cowboy.

Legends Asch and Myerhoff Inspire A New Generation of Visual Anthropologists

October 23, 2009

Twenty-six years ago the first visual research center at USC within the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences was founded by Academy award winner Barbara Myerhoff ("Number Our Days"). The program thrived and was further…

Catherine E. Clark, USC College Ph.D. candidate and recipient of a Bourse Chateaubriand Dissertation Fellowship, will spend the next nine months in Paris, France, studying the nature of photographic archives. Photo credit Laurie Hartzell.

Ph.D. Candidate Catherine E. Clark Awarded Bourse Chateaubriand Fellowship

October 20, 2009

We've all heard the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" so often that it has begun to lose its meaning. A single image, according to the saying, can tell a story better than mere text. So how many words is an entire…

David Dominguez, a 16-year-old senior at Animo Film and Theatre Arts Charter School in Los Angeles, and Laila Barada, a third-year Ph.D. candidate in oceanography in USC College, examine their Trichodesmium project in a lab. Dominguez was a participant in the College's 2009 USC Young Researchers Summer Program. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Nurturing Young Scientists

October 6, 2009

This fall, be on the lookout for possibly USC College's youngest researcher. He is David Dominguez, a 16-year-old student at Animo Film and Theatre Arts Charter School. The senior at the south Los Angeles high school is…

Master of Liberal Studies students Michael Lujan, Chris Wittenberg, Illeana Brothers and Kinette Cager (clockwise from top left) will present their research at the Third Annual Graduate Liberal Studies Joint Student and Alumni Symposium at Stanford University. Photo credit Liz Gill.

Master of Liberal Studies Students Head to Stanford

June 16, 2009

Growing up in Iowa, Illeana Brothers once heard someone refer to "the little colored girl." But she was not aware that the reference was to her.  Later in life, she became aware of the implications of having a black…

Breaking the Mold

Breaking the Mold

November 1, 2008

Reading ancient Greek at the Getty Center library, Jody Valentine found an unexpected connection in the work of fifth century B.C. philosopher Parmenides. In his poem, Parmenides travels by chariot “beyond the beaten…

Glenda Flores, a doctoral student in sociology, received two awards from the American Sociologal Association for her research on race relations among elementary school teachers. Photo by Roger Snider.

Double Honors for Sociology Doctoral Student

October 1, 2008

Sometimes happiness is mixed with sadness. At least that was the case for Glenda M. Flores. In June the USC College sociology doctoral student headed to Mexico with her family to attend her grandfather's funeral. After…