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USC College Highlights 2010-11

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This issue of USC Dornsife Highlights focuses on some of the outstanding achievements of our faculty, students, staff and alumni during the 2010–11 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.

As of March 2011, a community that has been known over the years as the College of Liberal Arts, “LAS” and USC College embraced a new name: the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. The historic naming gift of $200 million is an unprecedented testament to the quality and importance of the ongoing accomplishments of the faculty, students, staff and alumni who make up the heart of the university. This year they have once again distinguished themselves in many ways: receiving prestigious awards and accolades, producing important original scholarship, making groundbreaking scientific discoveries, obtaining additional support for exciting research initiatives, creating new centers of study, developing innovative academic programs, and promoting community outreach.

It is not possible in this type of publication to express all of the many and varied accomplishments of our faculty, students, staff and alumni. For additional examples and ongoing updates, please visit USC Dornsife’s Web site at, which acknowledges and honors in articles, images and videos our community’s numerous compelling stories.


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