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Explaining Korea to the World

November 27, 2013

USC Dornsife's Korean Studies Institute nurtures future generations of scholars through classes, programs and activities designed to increase interest in the East Asian territory and encourage a wider public discussion about…

Jennifer Achiro, a neuroscience doctoral student in Bottjer’s laboratory, is first author in the study examining the activity of neurons in songbirds’ brains using electrodes to record the activity of individual neurons. Photo by Amy Garrison.

Worth Crowing About

September 6, 2013

USC Dornsife scientists have discovered a population of neurons in the brains of juvenile songbirds that are necessary for allowing the birds to recognize the vocal sounds they are learning to imitate. These neurons encode a…

A new study led by postdoctoral research associate Qinghua He of USC Dornsife's Brain and Creativity Institute and published in <em>The Journal of Neuroscience</em> suggests that people who have difficulty reading could benefit from targeted therapies for specific parts of the brain. Image courtesy of Qinghua He.

It Takes a Village of Neurons

August 8, 2013

A combination of brain scans and reading tests has revealed that several regions in the brain are responsible for allowing humans to read. The findings open up the possibility that individuals who have difficulty reading may…

The new minor in Iranian studies in USC Dornsife will teach students about the history of Iran. For example, they will learn about Persepolis, the capital of Archaemenid Empire (ca. 550-330 BC), where the Sehdar Palace is located. Here, Persian noblemen are carved on a palace wall.

Iranian Studies Minor Offered

June 3, 2013

For the first time in its history, USC Dornsife will offer a minor in Iranian studies, as part of an initiative launched in November 2010 by the Farhang Foundation. The Iranian studies minor is the latest in a series of…

Saving an Endangered Language

Saving an Endangered Language

August 14, 2012

As the old school bus wound its way through the steep mountain passes, the students gazed out the windows at the lush, tropical topography unfolding before them. At the outskirts of the village, the bus shuddered to a halt at…

Learning a new language while strengthening their understanding of how business is conducted in East Asia, is the main focus of the Summer 2012 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. A USC Dornsife graduate and undergraduate student are spending the Summer semester in Taiwan and Beijing, China, studying Mandarin. They were among six USC undergraduate and graduate students named FLAS Fellows for Summer 2012.

Broadening Language Skills in East Asia

June 21, 2012

A USC Dornsife recent graduate and undergraduate have received the Summer 2012 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for their commitment to developing their Mandarin language skills. They are spending the Summer…

Travis Glynn

USC Dornsife's Travis Glynn Selected as Truman Scholar

March 30, 2012

Travis Glynn is a big picture person. The USC Dornsife junior tackles problems by considering not only the matter at hand but the broader situation. He approaches his life the same way. The recipient of the Harry S. Truman…

"Sleep Log," written by Alain Borer and translated into English by Mark Irwin, tells the story of a sick and delirious traveler sailing from France to Tahiti. The text, which combines historical narrative, travelogue and poetry, is based on a voyage made by Borer. Irwin and Borer are both professors in USC Dornsife.

Vast Waters of the South Pacific

February 29, 2012

The ocean never finishes in the wake of boats. An unceasing torment infinitely prolonged that I would not wish on my worst enemy. Especially since my worst enemy is myself. Amid a vast ocean, in the belly of a ship, a…

USC Dornsife's Jennifer Do stepped out from behind her laboratory workstation and onto a stage to participate in the 2012 Miss Vietnam of Southern California Pageant. The sophomore majoring in biological sciences decided to enter the world of pageantry after researching the Westminster, Calif., Vietnamese community for a linguistics course. Photo by David L. Pham.

From Classroom to Center Stage

February 22, 2012

When USC Dornsife sophomore Jennifer Do gracefully crossed the stage of the Miss Vietnam of Southern California Pageant, her confidence and natural elegance evidenced a well-seasoned contestant. Yet before the Jan. 27…

Ojibwe indians in Minnesota use a birch bark canoe for transport circa 1910. USC Dornsife's David Treuer fuses historical facts, reportage and memoir in his new book <em>Rez Life</em> to give a detailed history of Indian reservations in the U.S. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Center.

Life on the Rez

February 8, 2012

In the 1950s in the small village of Ball Club, Minn., a school lunch program created a nasty rift. The area was mostly populated by Indians, recounted David Treuer. Students who resided on tribal land were entitled to a free…