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Crime novelist, trained psychologist and USC College Ph.D. graduate Jonathan Kellerman. Photo credit Blake Little Photography.

Reading the Mind

January 27, 2010

Many budding writers would give anything to get inside the heads of best-selling authors to learn their secrets to success. Crime novelist Jonathan Kellerman ’74 can spare them the trouble. As a trained psychologist,…

Juli Berwald ’98 is a freelance science writer who earned her Ph.D. in ocean science from USC College. Photo courtesy of Juli Berwald.

Power Writing

January 27, 2010

The words were written in large, red letters across the top of the page — "Go see the writing counselor. Her phone number is..." I had just received my first, graded essay as a college freshman in a class called…

Devon O’Brien is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing (MPW) program.

An I of My Own

January 27, 2010

“What was it like for you…?” This is a question my editor at the Los Angeles Times never asked me back in 1989, after my luncheon interview with a young and unknown Australian movie actress. So, I will tell…

Alumni Bookplate

January 25, 2010

LaffitAnatomy of a Winnerby Madelyn Cain-IngleseAffirmed Press / Madelyn Cain-Inglese (MPW, ’00), also a lecturer in the Master of Professional Writing Program, tells the life story of Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay…

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…

Lab technician and USC College graduate Morgan Hawkins works with Susan Forsburg, professor of molecular and computational biology. Photo credit Dietmar Quistorf.

Life Is Looking Up

September 18, 2009

The federal stimulus package came too late to help Morgan Hawkins -- his own strength of character had already set him back on his feet -- but a stimulus-funded research job will let him take the next step. The 23-year-old…

It took linebacker Clay Matthews III three training camp practices to work his way into the Green Bay Packers' starting lineup. The USC College alumnus was the fifth person in his family to play football at USC. Left photo courtesy of Green Bay Packers, Trojan photo credit John Pyle.

Feat of Clay

September 1, 2009

Clay Matthews III has a tough act to follow.His father, grandfather and uncle played in the NFL. Clay Matthews, Jr. was a Pro Bowl linebacker for the Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons, while uncle Bruce Matthews, an…

Alumni Bookplate

July 24, 2009

The American Discovery of Europeby Jack D. ForbesUniversity of Illinois Press / Jack D. Forbes (Ph.D., history, ’59) professor emeritus of Native American studies and anthropology at University of California, Davis,…

True Colors in the Autumn Years

True Colors in the Autumn Years

July 7, 2009

The cadre of USC alumni who had earned their bachelor's degrees at least 50 years earlier met for the first time the morning of June 11, 1949. Clarence W. Pierce, 1898 alumnus and founder of Los Angeles Pierce College,…

Step by Step

Step by Step

July 1, 2008

Pulling on a pair of sweats, Deara “DeDe” Okonkwo pirouetted, rumbaed and tapped into summer. Inside her South Los Angeles dance studio, the image of her petite frame in a cotton-candy-pink sweat suit bounced off…