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While most obesity researchers avoid gathering data on major “food” holidays, for psychologist Donna Spruijt-Metz Thanksgiving offers an invaluable opportunity to monitor familial interactions and how they influence eating.

Thanksgiving offers data frenzy for obesity researchers

November 24, 2015

It’s Thanksgiving. The turkey is carved, potatoes are adequately mashed, and a buffet of pumpkin, pecan and apple pies lines the counter ready to be sliced as soon as the dinner plates have been cleared. You think to…

Within Reach

Within Reach

November 16, 2015

When Zinahi Rodriguez turned 18, fresh out of high school, she took a retail job in downtown Los Angeles. She was excited. Her plan was to help support her parents, both garment workers, with whom she and a younger brother…

Addressing Perception

Addressing Perception

November 16, 2015

A couple on the tiny Hebridean island of Colonsay in Scotland were planning their wedding earlier this year when the bride’s mother sent her daughter a photograph of the dress she planned to wear. When the bride showed…

Morteza Dehghani and a team of psychology researchers and computer scientists at USC Dornsife have developed a new text analysis software program for social scientists.

A TACIT Understanding

November 3, 2015

According to a 2015 Global Web Index report, today’s average adult spends 6.15 hours a day online. More than a quarter of this time is spent on social networking sites. Life in the digital age means an abundance —…

During a focus group led by Harvard IOP’s Polling Director John Della Volpe, political science major Sarah Dhanaphatana weighs in on which major national issues 2016 presidential candidates should address. Photos by Tania Mercado.

Political Cheerleaders

October 21, 2015

USC Dornsife undergraduates Sarah Dhanaphatana and David Moreno have been spending a lot of time thinking about how to let their fellow students know that their voices matter. “Many students and individuals in our…

Associate Professor of Psychology Stephen Madigan was one of America’s most knowledgeable and meticulous scholars of human memory. Photo by Phil Channing.

In Memoriam: Stephen Madigan, 73

October 19, 2015

Stephen Madigan, associate professor of psychology, has died. He was 73.   Madigan died on Oct. 13 in Los Angeles following a short illness. Madigan joined the faculty at USC Dornsife in 1969, after completing his Ph.D.…

Alumna Anna Walther represents 20,000 California grape pickers in a multimillion dollar wage-theft lawsuit.

Defending the Invisible

October 9, 2015

For years, grape pickers in California’s San Joaquin Valley say they were obliged by their employer to arrive up to 30 minutes before their shift started and work “off the clock.” Now, alumna Anna Walther is…

The new Ph.D. program will capitalize on the world-leading faculty expertise in population, place and health that already exists at USC.

Population, Health and Place

September 29, 2015

Physician John Snow’s use of a map to discover the contaminated water source that spawned the deadly 1854 cholera outbreak in the neighborhood of Soho in London, England, is widely recognized as one of the earliest…

The McCarthy Quad will be transformed into an “eco-hangout” where students can learn how they can impact climate change policy and generate solutions for a more sustainable future.

A Plan for Tomorrow

September 29, 2015

As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue to rise, warming the climate and changing major ecosystems, USC Dornsife student Zach Manta wants his peers at USC to know that they can make a difference to reverse the…

Welcome New Faculty

September 23, 2015

USC Dornsife welcomes 17 new faculty members for the 2015-16 academic year. Hailing from universities around the world, their experience and academic research span a wide range of disciplines. The new faculty members join…