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In the experiment, people were given popcorn before entering a theatre – some buckets were fresh; others were stale.

Habit Makes Bad Food Too Easy to Swallow

September 8, 2011

Do you always get popcorn at the movies? Or snack while you’re on the couch watching television? A new paper by USC researchers revealed why bad eating habits persist even when the food we’re eating doesn’t…

The first issue of <em>Ilios</em> featured four long-form essays. Topics included the Russia-Chechnya conflicts, an examination of Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophies, a discussion on the failures of the International Criminal Court, and an exploration of the symbols of justice in world mythology.

A Light on Political Thought

September 7, 2011

Beginning in Fall 2010, a small group of students and their faculty adviser, Anthony Kammas, gathered for meetings in a shady corner of the Carolyn Craig Franklin Garden on the north side of the Doheny Memorial Library. In…

Meet USC Dornsife's New Faculty

September 7, 2011

USC Dornsife welcomed 27 new faculty members in the 2011-12 academic year. Hailing from universities around the world, this year’s group of scholars are some of the best and brightest in the nation, bringing with them…

David Bach (B.A., social sciences and communication, '90) is founder of Finishrich Media in New York City. Photo by Phil Channing.

America's Money Advocate

August 26, 2011

David Bach lets the HARPO Studio’s greenroom door close behind him and waits backstage for his final cue. The top button of his blue oxford shirt open and classic black suit perfectly tailored, he’s ready. This is…

High school students in a Summer@USC Program course debate international intervention in human rights violations. Photo by Susan Kamei.

High Schoolers Become 'Summer Trojans'

August 25, 2011

Is chronic Lyme disease a myth? How does Botox work? What role does nationalism play in world politics? Do video game designers consider a user’s brain activity? What is the genesis of pop culture? In July, high school…

USC Dornsife Welcome Picnic 2011

A Warm Welcome

August 18, 2011

Photos by Emily Cavalcanti, Laurie Moore, Nick Pittarides, Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody and Mira Zimet With the comforts of home in tow, USC Dornsife’s newest students arrived on August 17 to move into their new campus…

Digging Turkey

Clues from Ancient Antioch

August 16, 2011

Lynn Swartz Dodd and her students had heard rumblings of a 10th-century cemetery deep in the brush in the Hatay region of Turkey near Antakya, the ancient city of Antioch. But no one had ever translated the inscribed…

The technology most used worldwide including developing areas is the mobile phone, Ramesh Srinivasan, an information studies expert tells scholars at the summer institute co-organized by USC Dornsife’s Department of American Studies and Ethnicity. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Race and Cyberspace

August 10, 2011

The screen image showed a sādhu — or wandering monk — in India using a large mobile phone, and a fisherman who lives in a hut on a beach near Nagapattinam, India, talking on his cell. Once found only in niche…

Celia C. Ayala (B.A., sociology and Spanish, '76) is CEO of the Los Angeles Universal Preschool in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo by Phil Channing.

Champion for Education

August 5, 2011

Celia C. Ayala discovered her life’s passion at an early age. With a quest to contribute to her community, she knew what she wanted to do; it was the how that remained a mystery. In her eighth floor office, Chief…

USC Dornsife professors Michael Waterman and Margaret Gatz have been awarded honorary degrees.

USC Dornsife Professors Receive Honorary Degrees

July 29, 2011

Waterman Presented Honorary Doctorate by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody Michael Waterman, widely regarded as the founding father of computational biology, openly admits he has never taken a biology course. There was however a…