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Associate Professor of Psychology Stephen Madigan was one of America’s most knowledgeable and meticulous scholars of human memory. Photo by Phil Channing.

In Memoriam: Stephen Madigan, 73

October 19, 2015

Stephen Madigan, associate professor of psychology, has died. He was 73.   Madigan died on Oct. 13 in Los Angeles following a short illness. Madigan joined the faculty at USC Dornsife in 1969, after completing his Ph.D.…

Alumna Anna Walther represents 20,000 California grape pickers in a multimillion dollar wage-theft lawsuit.

Defending the Invisible

October 9, 2015

For years, grape pickers in California’s San Joaquin Valley say they were obliged by their employer to arrive up to 30 minutes before their shift started and work “off the clock.” Now, alumna Anna Walther is…

The new Ph.D. program will capitalize on the world-leading faculty expertise in population, place and health that already exists at USC.

Population, Health and Place

September 29, 2015

Physician John Snow’s use of a map to discover the contaminated water source that spawned the deadly 1854 cholera outbreak in the neighborhood of Soho in London, England, is widely recognized as one of the earliest…

The McCarthy Quad will be transformed into an “eco-hangout” where students can learn how they can impact climate change policy and generate solutions for a more sustainable future.

A Plan for Tomorrow

September 29, 2015

As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue to rise, warming the climate and changing major ecosystems, USC Dornsife student Zach Manta wants his peers at USC to know that they can make a difference to reverse the…

Welcome New Faculty

September 23, 2015

USC Dornsife welcomes 17 new faculty members for the 2015-16 academic year. Hailing from universities around the world, their experience and academic research span a wide range of disciplines. The new faculty members join…

It can be tough to find the perfect fit in a career. Photo by Liza via Flickr.

Fulfillment at Work

September 17, 2015

To employees who have not yet found their “perfect fit” in a career: Take heart. There is more than one way to attain passion for work, USC Dornsife and University of Michigan researchers found in a recent…

The USC Dornsife Preceptor Program gives its recent Ph.D. graduates teaching experience as they seek tenure-track positions. English Ph.D. Alex Young is pictured here teaching undergraduates. Photos by Matt Meindl.

Teaching to Learn

September 16, 2015

In 1905, Woodrow Wilson, then president of Princeton University, introduced the preceptorial method — a style of learning wherein small groups of students meet regularly with a faculty member for more intimate learning…

An estimated 40 percent of all Chinese children in rural areas — as many as 60 million — are left behind. Photo by Blazej Mrozinski.

Children and Adversity

September 10, 2015

Making a plan can mean the difference in overcoming a difficult childhood, while just thinking about those difficulties can drag down the child. A set of four new studies from researchers at USC and Southwest University in…

Undergraduates experience the midnight sun in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik. Photos by Hanna Jolkovsky.

Exploring Arctic Issues

August 27, 2015

Perched 420 meters above sea level, USC Dornsife undergraduate Kathryn Kelly surveyed a stunning landscape of fjords, islands and white-capped mountains. Spread at her feet, like a jewel in the crown, lay one of the…

Alumna Penny Abeywardena is the liaison between New York City and its diplomatic community, which is the largest in the world. Photographs courtesy of Penny Abeywardena.

Conquering the Big Apple

August 19, 2015

Shortly after alumna Penny Abeywardena was appointed Commissioner for International Affairs by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in September 2014, she attended a dinner with renowned women’s rights activist Dorothy…