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Faculty Notes

April 24, 2011

Aimee Bender, associate professor of English, won the 2010 SoCal Independent Booksellers Association Award in Fiction for her latest novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Random House, 2010). Yehuda Ben-Zion, professor…

Kam Kuwata ’75 at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colo. Photo courtesy of Bill Carrick.

In Memoriam: Kam Kuwata, 57

April 21, 2011

USC Dornsife alumnus and political strategist Kam Kuwata, who worked for Senator Dianne Feinstein and late Senator Alan Cranston, has died. He was 57. Kuwata died in his Venice, Calif., home on April 11. His sudden death…

From Mock Trial to Real Cases

From Mock Trial to Real Cases

April 19, 2011

Seated at a counsel table in a Los Angeles County courtroom, Elvira Kras anxiously awaited the jury’s decision. After years of work, she listened as the jury awarded Mohammed Usman Chaudhry’s family $1.7 million in…

<em>The Open Laboratory 2010</em>, which showcases the best science writing on the Web, is edited by Jason Goldman, a USC Dornsife doctoral student in developmental psychology.

Science Writing for Everyone

April 12, 2011

Do Japanese people have a special sushi-digestion gene? What are 10 things everyone must know about comets? Can giraffes swim? Inquiring minds from the Internet’s vibrant scientific online community want to know. The…

USC Dornsife's Abe Lowenthal recently interviewed Ecuador President Rafael Correa in Quito, part of Lowenthal's research for his forthcoming book with a working title, <em>Rethinking U.S.-Latin American Relations</em>. Photo courtesy of President Correa's office.

U.S. 'Historically Antagonistic' to Progressive Change in Latin America, Ecuador Chief Says

April 7, 2011

With one book just out and another expected next year about United States-Latin America relations, Abe Lowenthal has spent the past four years interviewing leaders of diverse perspectives south of the border. The professor of…

From left: Jack Dangermond, president and founder of Esri; Susan Kamei, associate dean of Advanced and Professional Programs and director of the Master of Liberal Studies program; John Wilson, professor of sociology and director of the USC Spatial Sciences Institute; and Stephan Haas, vice dean for research. Photo by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

Beyond Geography

March 31, 2011

Jack Dangermond, founder of Esri, the world’s largest and most successful geographic information system (GIS) software company, spoke of his vision for spatial sciences at the inaugural USC Spatial Sciences Institute…

Dana and David Dornsife (center), who received the University Medallion for their historic gift, celebrate with Howard Gillman (left), dean of the newly named USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias (right). Photo by Phil Channing.

Sharing a Transforming Moment

March 23, 2011

USC President C. L. Max Nikias held up two engraved, long golden chains — an honor presented to only one other person in USC’s 131-year-history. Slipping the heavy, shiny chains over the heads of Dana and David…

It Ought to be a Law

At the Forefront of Change

March 21, 2011

Swapping jeans and graphic T-shirts for suits and ties, 21 USC Dornsife students ascended the steps of the California State Capitol. After months preparing for the final presentation, students in the freshman seminar “It…

Lt. Col. Russell Todd Zink left his wife, two sons and job as deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to lead more than 800 Marines and Navy corpsmen during a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan. Here, the Lone Star Battalion trains in Camp Pendleton, Calif. Photo courtesy of Russell Todd Zink.

Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful)

March 18, 2011

In a rural, poppy field-filled area outside Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Russell Todd Zink sat with village elders under a tent in the hot desert sand.  It was his first shura — a consultation meeting —…

It's Not All About You

It's Not All About You

March 1, 2011

With her second child on the way, Britney Spears faces an impending divorce and an unfortunate lack-of-wardrobe incident. Former Seinfeld star Michael Richards’ racist rants at a comedy club are posted on YouTube. Mel…