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For his thesis determining Los Angeles' city center, USC Dornsife alumnus Samuel Krueger has been named first place winner of the UNIGIS 2012 Academic Excellence Prize and of the North American Regional Science Council's 2012 Graduate Student-Author Paper Competition. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

L.A. Has a Heart

November 20, 2012

Writer Dorothy Parker once haughtily dismissed Los Angeles as “72 suburbs in search of a city.” But USC Dornsife alumnus Samuel Krueger’s research shows that the City of Angels actually does have a focal…

USC Dornsife's Laura Pulido stands near the gravesite of Owen Brown in the hills of Altadena, Calif., one of the sites in her new guidebook, <em>A People's Guide to Los Angeles</em>. Photo by Laura Paisley.

L.A.’s Vernacular Landscapes

October 8, 2012

There is a tendency among my friends in Chicago, where I lived for the past eight years, to not see a Los Angeles beyond the Hollywood glitz and the tales of horrible traffic and bodily artificiality. And before making L.A.…

Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety, made good on a promise to return to USC Dornsife and finish his studies toward a bachelor's degree in history. Photo by Duane Ryder.

Steely Determination

July 30, 2012

When Troy Polamalu left Los Angeles to join the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2003, he vowed to return and complete his college education. On May 13, 2011, he traded in his black and gold Steelers helmet and jersey for a black…

John Wilson, professor of geography and one of the world's leading scholars in spatial sciences. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

Dean Gillman Announces Launch of Spatial Sciences Institute

August 4, 2010

Not so long ago many of us referred to our Thomas Brother Guides to find out how to get across town. Now we access our GPS navigation systems or tap into mapping programs on our iPhones, Blackberries or other devices. But the…

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…

Kevin Kelly (left) and Ryan Drap, both seniors majoring in geography in USC College, stand next to their poster mapping out the air pollution levels near all roads in Los Angeles County. The poster and research won a top award by the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers. Students Austen Lee and Juan Morales were also on the winning team. The students had participated in the College's Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF). Photo credit Taylor Foust.

SURF Students Wave Hello to Top Award

November 3, 2009

USC College's Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) has made a splashy entrance. After the program's second official year, research produced by SURF students has won a top honor from the Association of Pacific Coast…