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Dana and David Dornsife on a visit to Ethiopia with the humanitarian organization World Vision, which tackles the causes of poverty and injustice. Photo courtesy of Drexel University.

Dornsifes Named First Water Warriors

July 28, 2015

Dana and David Dornsife have been named among the first recipients of the Water Warrior Award presented by the humanitarian organization World Vision. The Dornsifes, philanthropists who in 2011 gave the largest single gift…

Singapore served as the host country for a recent conference on economics.

Behavioral Economics in Singapore

July 23, 2015

Members of the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) are in a long-distance relationship with Singapore. This summer on the island nation, the center and several other organizations held “Frontiers…

Associate Professor of Political Science Jeb Barnes. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

How Policy Shapes Politics

July 21, 2015

Jeb Barnes, associate professor of political science, recently co-authored How Policy Shapes Politics: Rights, Courts, Litigation, and the Struggle Over Injury Compensation. The book delves into the nation’s increasing…

Students in the Maymester “How Washington Works — And Doesn’t” sat down with political strategist Donna Brazile (center), vice chair of voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee. Photo courtesy of Ben Cohn.

All-Access Politics

July 13, 2015

Nathaniel Haas remembers when he was on his high school debate team arguing about what caused the 2008 financial crisis. “I spoke about the Federal Reserve, and what it was like under Alan Greenspan’s leadership…

Gordon Brown Lectures

Our Global World

May 8, 2015

When Gordon Brown, former prime minister of the United Kingdom, entered the hushed lecture hall on USC’s University Park campus, he started at the back. Much to the delight of the assembled undergraduates packing the…

By shifting time metrics, we can motivate ourselves to accomplish goals. Photo by John Livzey.

Reining in Procrastination

May 6, 2015

Procrastination is the thief of time that derails New Year’s resolutions and delays saving for college or retirement, but researchers have found a way to collar it. The trick? Think of the future as now. “The…

High school student and future USC Dornsife chemistry major Belen Espinoza, far left, asks senior Thomas Do a question about his research project. Photos by Susan Bell.

Symposium Synergy

April 29, 2015

Belen Espinoza listened intently as Thomas Do, a junior majoring in chemistry at USC Dornsife, explained his research into how a cobalt catalyst can be used to convert carbon dioxide into more useful derivatives. Practical…

Assistant Professor of Psychology Henrike Moll, director of USC Dornsife’s Minds in Development Lab. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Understanding Suspense

April 9, 2015

Here’s a psychology experiment you can try at home: Watch a Hitchcock film with someone and observe how they respond as the story unfolds. Hitchcock’s plots are like the Swiss watches of suspense, designed to…

Center for Economic and Social Research

Center for Economic and Social Research

March 3, 2015

Video by Matt Meindl and Mira Zimet.

Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture at USC Dornsife. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Jackson Discusses American Muslims with President Obama

March 3, 2015

Sherman Jackson was driving his daughter home after a debate tournament when he got the call. The White House had summoned him along with 14 other Muslim-American leaders in education, health, religion, policy, advocacy and…