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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…

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…