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USC College Highlights 2009-10

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This issue of USC College Highlights focuses on some of the outstanding achievements of our faculty, students and alumni during the 2009–10 academic year. We celebrated and acknowledged many of these achievements as they occurred. Still, we know that it is easy to lose track and perspective in the flurry of our daily activities. We will better appreciate the strength and vitality of our community if we take the time, once a year, to collect and share this information.

The diverse members of our community have distinguished themselves in many ways: receiving awards and accolades, producing important new scholarship, making new scientific discoveries, finding new support for exciting research initiatives, creating new centers of study, developing innovative academic programming, and promoting community outreach. Collectively these achievements tell the story of a lively, diverse, engaged and extremely accomplished College community.

These highlights illustrate the strength of our community. Given our size, it is not possible in this type of publication to express all of the many and varied accomplishments of our faculty, students and alumni. For additional examples and ongoing updates, please visit USC College’s Web site at, which acknowledges and honors in stories, images and videos the numerous compelling stories within the College.


Howard Gillman, Dean
USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences