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Developing Minds

Developing Minds

October 1, 2008

“How does it happen when you figure out what your life’s work is going to be? What are the roots to that? How do you make those choices?” Frank Manis, professor of psychology in USC College, posed these…

USC Scholar Conducts Largest U.S. Survey of Asian American Voters

USC Scholar Conducts Largest U.S. Survey of Asian American Voters

October 1, 2008

A new report by political scientist Janelle Wong of USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences reveals that a majority of Asian American likely voters oppose a constitutional amendment that would define “marriage as…

Building Bridges Between Linguistics and Neuroscience

Building Bridges Between Linguistics and Neuroscience

October 1, 2008

Roumyana Pancheva is a scholar looking to expand her arsenal of research techniques.The linguist has dedicated her career in large part to the study of syntax and semantics — the ways we combine words to form meaningful…

Glenda Flores, a doctoral student in sociology, received two awards from the American Sociologal Association for her research on race relations among elementary school teachers. Photo by Roger Snider.

Double Honors for Sociology Doctoral Student

October 1, 2008

Sometimes happiness is mixed with sadness. At least that was the case for Glenda M. Flores. In June the USC College sociology doctoral student headed to Mexico with her family to attend her grandfather's funeral. After…

What's Really Happening on Wall Street?

What's Really Happening on Wall Street?

October 1, 2008

The headlines cry “bailout” and “economic crisis” daily. The stock market fluctuates wildly. Banks tumble, only to be bought by other banks. Politicians point fingers and argue about potentially…

Matrimony and the Healthy Heart

Matrimony and the Healthy Heart

September 1, 2008

“Type A” men, if married, appear to be less at risk for diabetes and heart disease, according to a study by USC College psychologist Biing-Jiun Shen. Previous studies have shown that angry, hostile or type-A…

On Common Ground

On Common Ground

September 1, 2008

Emphasizing the importance of USC College faculty coming together as a community, Dean Howard Gillman has announced the creation of The College Commons. Driven by faculty, The College Commons will provide opportunities for…

Marijuana and Depression

Marijuana and Depression

December 1, 2005

Marijuana smokers are less depressed than those who never smoke, purports the largest-ever study of its kind, co-authored by a USC College psychology researcher. The conclusions surprised even the study’s co-author. …

Unruh Institute Names New Director

Unruh Institute Names New Director

October 7, 2005

Alison Dundes Renteln, an expert on human rights and American politics, has been named director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC. The institute — named after a man whose four-decade political…