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Marine pilot Capt. Brian “Domo” Gilbert, who earned his bachelor’s in international relations in 2005, flew a helicopter CH-53E Super Stallion carrying an American flag (shown here on left) during a combat mission in Afghanistan and presented the flag to his alma mater. Photo courtesy of Brian Gilbert.

Pledging Allegiance

March 29, 2012

It is tradition for military personnel to fly an American flag over the Pentagon, military hospitals, a forward operating base (FOB) or inside an aircraft during mission flights in honor of someone or something important to…

A new study by researchers including Bosco Tjan of psychology suggests that facial recognition hinges on recognizing the face’s features more than the “holistic” picture they add up to create.

New Facial Recognition Research Turns Heads

March 20, 2012

A team of researchers that includes a USC Dornsife scientist methodically has demonstrated that a face’s features or constituents — more than the face per se — are the key to recognizing a…

From left, Stanley Rosen, professor of political science in USC Dornsife leads a discussion with television and film producer, Zhang Jizhong during the conference. Robert Chi, assistant professor of Asian languages and cultures at UCLA interpreted for Zhang. Photo courtesy of Zhang Jizhong.

Monkey King to become China's Mickey Mouse?

February 28, 2012

International filmmakers and developers interested in partnering with China on business ventures such as constructing theme parks or filming movies are advised to have a deep understanding of the Chinese culture, panelists…

Carl Christol, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Political Science in USC Dornsife, was a pioneer in the field of international space law who helped establish one of the nation’s first courses on human rights.

In Memoriam: Carl Q. Christol, 98

February 28, 2012

Carl Quimby Christol, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science in USC Dornsife and pioneer in the field of international space law, has died. He was 98. Christol died at home in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Feb. 22,…

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…

Emotional Economics

Emotional Economics

February 17, 2012

You’re watching Steven Spielberg’s original Jaws for the first time. At the sound of the two threatening cello notes — dun dun — and the sight of a dorsal fin, tension builds and your heart beats like…

USC Dornsife Launches the Dornsife Scholars Program

USC Dornsife Launches the Dornsife Scholars Program

February 8, 2012

This Spring, the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences introduces the Dornsife Scholars Program to recognize its outstanding graduating seniors whose academic achievements across all spheres of…

"We want undergraduates, graduates and colleagues not to take their visual surroundings for granted. And to think intelligently and questioningly about what use we make of images. And, in a sense, the use that images make of us." - Kate Flint, Provost Professor of English and Art History, leader of the USC Dornsife 2020 research cluster “Seeing 20/20: The USC Visual Studies Research Institute.”

The Future...Not What It Used to Be

January 31, 2012

A New American Narrative The year is 2042. If you are white and living in the United States, you are a minority, according to Census Bureau projections. “By 2042, the U.S. is going to look completely different in terms…

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Visits Political Science Class

A Lesson in Leadership from the Mayor

January 30, 2012

The 18 students in “Case Studies in Modern Leadership” sat with rapt attention listening to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as he shared his philosophy for overcoming adversity — a challenge he…

Jeb Barnes, associate professor of political science in USC Dornsife and a Dornsife Faculty Fellow, discusses congressional efforts to reform asbestos litigation in his new book, Dust-Up: Asbestos Litigation and the Failure of Commonsense Policy Reform (Georgetown University Press, 2011). Barnes photo by Alexandra Bissonnette.

What Lies Beneath the Asbestos Crisis

January 23, 2012

When thousands of workers filed lawsuits against employers in search of asbestos injury compensation, Congress planned to create a national social insurance program for asbestos claims but failed. A new book written by USC…