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USC Dornsife's Daphna Oyserman, Dean's Professor of Psychology, shares her research during a Jan. 22 Dean's Special Lecture, explaining why we often achieve less than we aspire to and offering solutions to help attain our goals. Photos by Matt Meindl.

Meet Your Future Self

January 30, 2014

“If it’s not cool for a teenage boy in inner-city L.A. to do his science homework, then how will he ever become a brain surgeon?” This thorny question was asked by USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay as he…

Arriving from the University of Oxford, philosopher Ralph Wedgwood is drawn to the abstract. His desire to ask the big questions and challenge the norm goes way back. Photo by Roger Snider.

On the Origin of Ralph

January 28, 2014

First you should know that Ralph Wedgwood’s first name is pronounced the old-fashioned English way so that it rhymes with waif. He explained the history of this pronunciation on his USC Dornsife School of Philosophy…

In his role as Warschaw Chair, Robert Shrum will encourage students to engage in politics. He will connect them with elected officials, candidates and their staff members from across the political spectrum to discuss and analyze relevant issues. Photo courtesy of Robert Shrum.

Shrum Named Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics

January 14, 2014

Robert Shrum, a veteran political consultant with experience guiding presidential, senatorial and gubernatorial campaigns, joins USC Dornsife as the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics on June…

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…

Norbert Schwarz will be Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing and Daphna Oyserman will be Dean’s Professor of Psychology, and professor of psychology, education and communication. Photos courtesy of CASBS at Stanford University.

Psyched Up

September 20, 2013

USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett has announced the appointment of Norbert Schwarz as Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing and Daphna Oyserman as Dean’s Professor of Psychology, and professor of psychology,…

Welcome Incoming Faculty

September 3, 2013

USC Dornsife welcomed 19 new faculty members for the 2013-14 academic year. Hailing from universities around the world, this year’s group of scholars are some of the best and brightest in the nation, bringing with…

Gen. David Petraeus reserves time for USC Dornsife undergraduates who are spending a month in Washington, D.C. meeting with officials and experts to discuss crucial international relations topics. Photo by Pam Risdon.

Undergrads Visit Gen. Petraeus

June 24, 2013

A group of USC Dornsife undergraduates on June 20 became students of retired Gen. David Petraeus, who was named as a USC Judge Widney Professor in May. In a roundtable talk at the Brookings Institution — one of…

USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay (left) shakes hands with Ali Razi, chair of Farhang Foundation Board of Trustees, during the recent signing ceremony. Albert Checcio, senior vice president for USC advancement, is sitting right. Standing from left: Hassan Izad, Farhang's chief financial officer; Haleh Emrani, chair of Farhang’s Iranian Studies Council; and Ahmad Gramian,  vice chair of Farhang's Board of Trustees. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

‘It’s Just the Beginning’

June 24, 2013

In a recent signing ceremony, USC Dornsife and the Farhang Foundation sealed the deal on a long-term commitment to enhance the study and research of Iranian art and culture at the university. The June 19 ceremony marked the…

Hire Purpose

May 7, 2013

These nine intellectual innovators are some of our newest professors and assistant professors. They selected USC Dornsife for the freedom it provides them to think creatively and explore unchartered territory. Take Jacob…

Arriving from a C.L.E. Moore instructorship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by a year at Berkeley Quantitative, Sami Assaf became Gabilan Assistant Professor of Mathematics in Fall 2012. She specializes in algebraic combinatorics and combinatorial representation theory. Illustration by Bill Sanderson.

Hire Purpose: Sami Assaf

May 7, 2013

Sami Assaf sometimes uses a Rubik’s cube to demonstrate symmetry, among the most crucial ideas in mathematics. Twist the face of a Rubik’s cube and the cube keeps its symmetry — all sides are the mirror…