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As USC Dornsife's newly appointed associate dean for science and pre health, Erin Quinn is committed to creating compassionate health professionals with an understanding of human behavior and decision-making. Photo by Steve Cohn.

That Vital Human Connection

December 6, 2013

When an elderly Spanish-speaking woman suffering from depression recently became dehydrated, she went to the local emergency room in her hometown of Ventura, Calif. From there, she was transferred to a psychiatric hospital in…

Named a 2013 “Rising Star” by the Association of Psychological Science, Darby Saxbe, assistant professor of psychology at USC Dornsife, measures fluctuations in cortisol levels and uses neuroimaging to study how relationships with family and close friends affect health and well-being. Photo by Susan Bell.

Under the Skin

November 20, 2013

It’s difficult to forget the harrowing images of emaciated, hollow-eyed Romanian orphans whose plight was revealed after the fall of Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu’s brutal regime in 1989. “When children…

A 22-year-old Greta Garbo poses with a USC track coach on campus in 1926. Photo courtesy of Charles Epting.

Bet You Didn’t Know

November 13, 2013

Remember in The Graduate, when a desperate Benjamin Braddock (played by Dustin Hoffman) sped to “northern California” in his beat-up Alfa Romeo Spider to find Elaine? USC stood in for the University of California,…

Hillary Rodham Clinton receives an award and a traditional rebozo shawl during a Mexican American Leadership Initiative (MALI) ceremony held recently at USC. From left: U.S.-Mexico Foundation President and CEO Martha Smith, Henry Cisneros, former Cabinet member and USMF trustee, Clinton, and Maria Echaveste, USMF trustee and MALI co-chair. Photos by Steve Cohn.

Peace, Prosperity and Progress

November 13, 2013

Hillary Rodham Clinton was a northern Illinois high school student the first time she engaged with the Mexican American community.  With church group members, she babysat children while their parents and older kids…

USC Dornsife launches a new interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in GeoDesign — the first of its kind in the world — led by John Wilson, director of Spatial Sciences Institute. Photo by Susan Bell.

Mapping a Better World

November 5, 2013

Population growth, rapid urbanization, meeting water and energy needs, biological conservation and climate change — these are some of the most difficult and enduring challenges facing the world today. Finding innovative…

Keynote speaker at the event launching USC Dornsife’s Economics Leadership Council (ELC), Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel McFadden (left), Presidential Professor of Health Economics at USC Dornsife and USC Price School of Public Policy, shakes hands with Hashem Pesaran, the John Elliott Distinguished Chair in Economics and professor of economics, and member of the ELC council. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Dawn of a New Econ

November 1, 2013

During the official launching of USC Dornsife’s Economics Leadership Council (ELC), organizers announced that within eight months nearly $8 million had been raised. The ELC was established to: enrich and strengthen…

JEP 40th Anniversary

‘JEP Sparked a Flame in Me’

November 1, 2013

As a 9-year-old girl growing up in California’s San Fernando Valley, América Ferrera remembers lying in bed, dreaming of fame and diamonds. “That’s a 9-year-old’s fantasy of celebrity,”…

Thomas Seifrid (standing, left), chair and professor of Slavic languages and literatures, moderated the Oct. 22 talk "What's Up With Russia?" Seated from left to right, Robert English, associate professor of international relations and director of USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations, Brad Damaré, assistant professor of Slavic languages and literatures, and John Bowlt, professor of Slavic languages and literatures. Photos by Erica Christianson.

'What’s Up With Russia?'

October 31, 2013

Clad in brightly colored ski masks, a group of young women ascended the altar of a Russian Orthodox church in Moscow. Pumping their fists into the air, they sang and danced around the dais then fell to their knees. The…

University Professor Kevin Starr of USC Dornsife speaks at Virginia's Mount Vernon about George Washington's plan to extend the Western frontier of the nation. Photo by Edward Graham.

Kevin Starr on George Washington

October 29, 2013

The country’s first president had a lifelong fascination with the West and was committed to making the then-uncharted Western territory a unifying part of America, said University Professor Kevin Starr of USC Dornsife as…

USC Dornsife's Steven Lamy, professor of international relations and vice dean for academic programs, addresses the first Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland. More than 1,000 participants from 40 nations attended the conference. Photo courtesy of AlaskaDispatch.com.

In from the Cold

October 29, 2013

As climate change melts the polar ice caps, threatening wildlife, disrupting the food chain and affecting indigenous cultures, it has also created economic opportunities by opening up new shipping routes and accelerated the…