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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…

Isaiah Mack (M.S., geography, ’03), center, gives a presentation on global positioning systems to students studying geographic information science and technology at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island. Photo by Su Jin Lee.

Real-World Classroom for Virtual Classmates

July 28, 2011

This summer, students in USC Dornsife’s online graduate programs in geographic information science and technology (GIST) gathered at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island to meet their classmates…

Born in Denmark, Gunnar Nielsson became a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in 1961, earned a master’s from the University of California, Berkeley in 1963 and a Ph.D. from UCLA in 1966. He joined USC Dornsife in 1968, retiring in 2005. Photo courtesy of the USC School of International Relations.

In Memoriam: Gunnar Nielsson, 77

July 20, 2011

Gunnar Nielsson, retired professor in USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations and expert in European integration, has died. He was 77. Nielsson died July 10 at a nursing facility in Seal Beach, Calif., after…

Mellon Mays fellow Charnan Williams (right) discusses the history of Leimert Park with George Sanchez, vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives and professor of American studies and ethnicity and history in USC Dornsife. Photo by Joel Zink.

Mellon Mays Program Mentors Minority Students

July 19, 2011

Exploring topics ranging from the social impact of black stand-up comedy to genocide resistance in Rwanda, seven students will get the opportunity to conduct graduate-level research through the 2011-12 Mellon Mays…

Lindsay Harrison (B.A., political science and gender studies, '00) is a partner at Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C. Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan.

Firm Ambition

July 15, 2011

The young attorney might have been standing solo before the omnipotent Wizard of Oz. No small and meek here before the great and powerful. Hair blond and unbridled, the lawyer faces the scrutiny of John Roberts, Clarence…

Gen. Edward Rice, Jr. (left) makes a point, while United States Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Albert Carnesale, UCLA's chancellor emeritus, listen during the West Coast National Security Scholars Conference held at USC. Photo by James Gordon.

School of International Relations and U.S. Air Force Host National Security Conference

July 7, 2011

In a recent conference held at USC, United States Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said that today’s military must integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines and called for help from academia. Sponsored by USC…