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Two new online graduate certificates in geospatial information science and technology launched by USC Dornsife's Spatial Sciences Institute this Fall will offer GIST professionals additional expertise in leadership and geospatial intelligence. Image courtesy of Spatial Sciences Institute.

Mapping a Better Future

August 14, 2014

The Spatial Sciences Institute housed at USC Dornsife continues to set new standards in the study of geospatial analysis with the launch this Fall of two new online graduate certificates in geographic information science and…

Spatial Sciences Institute Director John Wilson’s 2014 University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) fellowship recognizes his extraordinary achievements in his field. Photo by Laurie Moore.

Wilson Receives Top GIS Honor

April 17, 2014

USC Dornsife’s John Wilson, director of the Spatial Sciences Institute, has been named a 2014 University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Fellow, joining a group of the most esteemed scholars in the…

A man praying in Los Angeles, home to one of the world's most religiously diverse populations. The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, housed in USC Dornsife, received three grants that will enable the center to expand its work in the city and internationally. Photo by Jerry Berndt.

Three Times a Winner

April 10, 2014

Housed in USC Dornsife, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) has received three major grants totaling more than $5 million — a testament to its sustained success. CRCC Executive Director Donald Miller,…

In celebration of International GIS Day, Sarah Ellis and Haijing Lin, both undergraduates at USC Dornsife's Spatial Studies Institute (SSI), launch a weather balloon with an infrared GoPro camera attached to demonstrate aerial mapping technology. Photo by Matt Meindl.

A Bird’s Eye View

December 4, 2013

The passing troupe of blue-uniformed grade school children on a visit to University Park campus nudged each other and pointed at the sky as, 250 feet up in the air, a large white weather balloon sailed over Alumni Park. On…

One app in development through the course taught by USC Dornsife's Edward Pultar maps out the location of equipment on Metro rail lines, especially helpful for new work crews unfamiliar with lines.

From Maps to Apps

October 4, 2013

Every day, smartphone users rely on mapping data for directions, weather and social media. But graduate students in a new mobile design course at USC Dornsife are finding more creative uses for their phones, such as tracking…

Students in the course "Forensic Psychology: The Mind and the Legal System" take a tour of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of USC Summer Programs.

Summer@USC

February 15, 2013

Neda Davarpanah was surfing the USC Web site when she stumbled upon the Summer@USC Program. She spotted a workshop in creative writing. Serendipity. She applied and was accepted this past summer. “I want to pursue…

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…

Isaiah Mack (M.S., geography, ’03), center, gives a presentation on global positioning systems to students studying geographic information science and technology at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island. Photo by Su Jin Lee.

Real-World Classroom for Virtual Classmates

July 28, 2011

This summer, students in USC Dornsife’s online graduate programs in geographic information science and technology (GIST) gathered at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island to meet their classmates…

From left: Jack Dangermond, president and founder of Esri; Susan Kamei, associate dean of Advanced and Professional Programs and director of the Master of Liberal Studies program; John Wilson, professor of sociology and director of the USC Spatial Sciences Institute; and Stephan Haas, vice dean for research. Photo by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

Beyond Geography

March 31, 2011

Jack Dangermond, founder of Esri, the world’s largest and most successful geographic information system (GIS) software company, spoke of his vision for spatial sciences at the inaugural USC Spatial Sciences Institute…

Chimpanzees are found from Western Africa across the continent to East Africa. At one time, there were 50,000 or more chimps in Uganda. Now there are about 5,000 as a result of logging, the encroachment of villages, trapping, snare devices and other reasons. Photo credit Craig Stanford.

Chasing Chimps

September 16, 2010

Roaming a Myrtle green swath of forest in the Pearl of Africa, Maureen McCarthy attaches what looks like an oversized electric-yellow iPhone to a long stick and extends it skyward in a tiny clearing among a canopy of…