USC Scripter Awards Honors ‘The Hurricane’

From left are Dan Gordon, Jerry D. Campbell, Armyan Bernstein, Lesra Martin, Terry Swinton and Sam Chaiton. Photo by Carrie Ellsworth The 12th annual USC Scripter Awards, honoring the year’s best film adaptation of a book, were held March 4 at Union Station. This year’s winner was “The Hurricane.” Pictured above from left are screenwriter […]

Researchers study Kaposi’s sarcoma virus

Visiting scholar Tiffany Jones and S. J. Gao, professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC To understand a virus that causes cancer – and ultimately learn how to beat it – scientists must be able to infect a healthy cell with the virus, keep that cell alive and […]

Former Naval research director installed as new chair

Yannis C. Yortsos, Michael Kassner, Yang Ho Cho and USC President C. L. Max Nikias In an elegant ceremony, Professor Michael Kassner was installed on March 26 as the first holder of the Choong Hoon Cho Chair in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Kassner, professor of materials science in […]

Saving an endangered language

Atayal is a language spoken fluently by only a few hundred people in northern Taiwan, a location visited by USC Dornsife students. As the old school bus wound its way through the steep mountain passes of northern Taiwan, the students gazed out the windows at the lush, tropical topography unfolding before them. At the outskirts […]

Trade war a bluff in the game of a paper tiger

US President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York City, US, January 11, 2017. Some hawkish members of the Donald Trump team have repeatedly adopted war-like rhetoric about the incoming administration’s trade relations with China and other developing countries. They seem to want to send […]

Conference to Tackle Teacher Pay

USC professor Dominic Brewer said the time is right for a conversation about teacher compensation alternatives. Should teachers be paid based on how long they teach, how well they perform or some other measure? On March 10, President Barack Obama announced a federal merit pay proposal that would increase pay for high-performing teachers in 150 […]


Jack Borsting, holder of the E. Morgan Stanley Professorship in Business Administration and executive director of the Center for Telecommunications Management in the USC Marshall School of Business, will serve on the advisory council of the Electric Power Research Institute. EPRI is a nonprofit organization serving 1,000 organizations in 40 countries through scientific research, technology […]


Meagan Smith, 2016 USC costume design graduate; Emmy-winning costume designer Terry Dresbach; Megan Guthrie-Wedemeyer, the 2016 USC costume design graduate who will be joining the Outlander costume crew; and Emma Menzies, a 2016 USC School of Cinematic Arts graduate who helped Guthrie-Wedemeyer on the exhibit, at the entrance of the Paley Center for Media in […]

Engineers Use MRI for Linguistic Studies

Shri Narayanan, left, supervises Ph.D. student Eric Bresch, who is preparing a subject for MRI imaging. How does your tongue move exactly when you utter a simple “hello”? Does the tip move faster than the base or vice versa? Does the movement vary if you’re not a native English speaker? If you’re angry, sad or […]

USC Helps Preserve Classical Music in Bay Area

In an effort to ensure the long-term availability of high quality classical music in the Bay Area, USC announced it has entered into an agreement with Entercom Communications to convert KDFC into a noncommercial classical music station based in San Francisco. The move to the new signal is intended to preserve the long-term availability of […]