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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…

USC College alumna Mandana Dayani ’03 is director of brand development for Rachel Zoe Inc. in Los Angeles. Photo credit Phil Channing.

A Passion for Fashion

February 4, 2011

Brainy and beautiful, the elegant and edgy Mandana Dayani ’03 could pass for a high-fashion runway model. So many dream of casting a wide net in the fashion industry with hopes of creating the ever elusive perfect…

Donald J. Lewis retired from USC College in 1987 and spent quality time with his family. At left, he's shown with daughter Trey Mason of Rancho Palos Verdes. At right, as a young man, Donald J. Lewis enlisted in the Army and served during World War II before eventually joining USC College, where as an experimental psychologist he served as dean of social sciences and chaired the Department of Psychology. Photos courtesy of the Lewis family.

In Memoriam: Donald J. Lewis, 88

January 6, 2011

USC College Professor Emeritus Donald J. Lewis, experimental psychologist with expertise in learning and memory, former dean of social sciences and chair of the Department of Psychology, has died. He was 88. Lewis died after…

A new paper by USC College professor of economics Richard Easterlin, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that over the long term, a sense of well-being within a country does not go up with income. Photo credit Phil Channing.

Over Long Haul, Money Doesn't Buy Happiness

December 15, 2010

A new collaborative paper by economist and University Professor Richard Easterlin — namesake of the Easterlin Paradox and founder of the field of happiness studies — offers the broadest range of evidence to date…

In his new book, <em>Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain</em>, Antonio Damasio, director of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute and David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, explores  how the brain constructs a mind and how the brain makes that mind conscious. Photo credit Luiz Carvalho.

Who We Are

November 11, 2010

Without consciousness - that is, a mind endowed with subjectivity - you would have no way of knowing who you are. -Antonio Damasio The brain, mind, self and consciousness, on their own and in relationship to each other, are…

USC College Magazine's Latest Issue Now Online

USC College Magazine's Latest Issue Now Online

November 10, 2010

From the Dean, Fall 2010/Winter 2011              View the magazine online You can change the world. We can show you how. We use this phrase to convey to prospective students the…

Voting As Habit

Voting As Habit

November 2, 2010

While you may think you know why you vote on election day, think again. There are, after all, a host of variables that may lead you to battle extra early morning traffic, arrive late to work, or rush the kids to school…