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Californians Polled on Social Issues and Governor and Senate Races

Californians Polled on Social Issues and Governor and Senate Races

April 5, 2010

New poll results reveal important shifts in public attitudes toward illegal immigrants in California, a bellwether state for the debate over immigration policy. In a departure from voter attitudes in the past, Californian…

Kristen Cavinder during the Miss America pageant's gown competition. The USC College alumna was a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda service and honor society. Photo credit Zimbio, Inc.

From Ball Gown to Lab Coat

February 16, 2010

At first glance, Kristen "Kristy" Cavinder '09 may appear to be your typical pageant queen. At 21, the Orange County native has a radiant smile, fluid grace, and the natural confidence of someone who knows that others are…

Historian & Author Extraordinaire

Historian and Author Extraordinaire

January 27, 2010

Back in Widener Library at Harvard University during the late ’60s, an American historiographer was born. University Professor and Professor of History in USC College, Kevin Starr researched and wrote five chapters for…

Dan Schnur, director of the College’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and a member of the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences/Los Angeles Times statewide public opinion poll team. Photo credit Alexandra Bissonnette.

Golden State: Yes, No or Maybe?

November 9, 2009

Sometimes it's better to light a candle; sometimes it feels better to curse the darkness. But California voters seem to be willing to simply sit in the dark -- with neither curses nor candles -- increasingly convinced that the…

Dan Schnur, director of the College’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, along with Department of Political Science chair Ann Crigler and Professor of Political Science Jane Junn, will coordinate the on-campus aspects of the poll. Photo credit Alexandra Bissonnette.

California's Best Years Have Passed, Voters Say

November 8, 2009

Frustrated at California's woes, voters are sharply pessimistic about whether the next governor will be able to move the state in the right direction, and most believe California is in the midst of a long-term decline, a new…

Sergio Sañudo-Wilhelmy, left, and Douglas Capone received a National Science Foundation grant to study the nutrient cycle of three lakes in California and Nevada. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Lake Research That Isn't All Wet

October 2, 2009

The federal government may not have been able to save California from massive budget cuts, but at least a stimulus research grant will help scientists understand the biology of western lakes. USC College biologists Douglas…

California at the Crossroads

California at the Crossroads

March 6, 2009

Abe Lowenthal, the first Robert F. Erburu Professor of Ethics, Globalization and Development and professor of international relations in USC College, is beginning to garner local and national interest in his latest book Global…

California Dreamin’

California Dreamin’

April 1, 2008

What is this geographical state — and state of mind — called California? There are as many answers as there are Californians. In a panel discussion titled “What Does California Mean?” some of the…

Courting Disaster

Courting Disaster

February 1, 2008

From mudslides to fires to earthquakes, Los Angeles has long cornered the market on disasters. “You shove nature around enough and nature will slap back, ever diligently and fiercely,” said William Deverell,…

State’s Jewish History Comes to Life

State’s Jewish History Comes to Life

January 23, 2007

A new interactive media project covering the history of Jews in California will be overseen by four distinguished USC scholars. The project – which combines a museum installation with an online archive and a DVD…