Laura Paisley is the senior web content specialist and writer at USC Dornsife. She manages content on the school website in addition to managing electronic communications and writing news and feature stories for USC Dornsife print publications and the web.
Stories by Laura Paisley:
In memoriam: Spanish literature scholar Paul Ilie, 84
The professor emeritus appreciated intellectual engagement and emphasized the importance of students finding their own critical voice.
Immersed in Irish culture, students learn why Gaelic language languishes
Half the world’s languages could disappear in a few decades, and USC Dornsife’s Tok Thompson is helping students figure out why — and what might be lost.
Can genetics play a role in education and well-being?
USC researcher outlines a vision of how social science can be incorporated into the work that economists do.
In memoriam: Gerald ‘Jerry’ Bender, 75
An activist and scholar who taught at USC Dornsife for 31 years, he traveled to and wrote extensively about southern Africa. The passion for his work changed many lives both at USC and abroad.
Graduate students’ festival makes math fun — no, really
Put your ‘math anxiety’ aside: These instructional demonstrations make things like the Pythagorean Theorem entertaining, too.
Ancient Buddhist texts reveal shifting perspectives on women
USC scholar studies the ideal of gender roles within Buddhism, focusing on the women and religious texts of fifth-century China.
Eureka! Trojan turns from deep thoughts to gourmet dining
Robert Suzuki calls his philosophy degree ‘the perfect tool’ in his career as co-owner of the successful restaurant chain Eureka!
USC spatial sciences students analyze crime patterns in L.A.
Using location-based data, researchers show where violent crimes are concentrated and how that information can lead to positive results.
In memoriam: John ‘Jack’ Wills Jr., 80
The masterful scholar of Chinese history developed East Asian studies at USC.
Nature recognizes the importance of mentoring
The eminent science journal honors USC Dornsife’s Susan Forsburg for inspiring a new generation of scientists.
USC Dornsife introduces new minor in human security
Students use spatial thinking to enhance their skills in disaster response.
From lunch with Obama to a Rhodes Scholarship: Meet Oscar De Los Santos
First in his family to attend college, the 2015 USC graduate is one of 32 Americans — and the only Latino — selected for the prestigious scholarship.
USC Dornsife instructors help former prisoners write about their own transformations
USC Dornsife instructors explain how the project has been meaningful for them.
Teens sharpen analytical skills in social sciences
Trojan helps local high school students understand global issues, building her own skill set in the process.
Former prisoners find their voice — with help from writing workshops
Creative writing course is part of a larger effort to help individuals reintegrate into society.
Political polarization at its worst since the Civil War
Data scientists try to explain the U.S. government’s shifting ideologies over the past four decades.
Career Boot Camp puts economics students through their paces
The program at USC Dornsife offers tailored training in preparation for Fall Career Fair.
USC senior dives deep to pursue her passion for undersea studies
Environmental studies major caps her scientific career at USC Dornsife with a National Science Foundation-funded research project on a unique fish.
Summer institute helps first-generation and minority students apply for PhD programs
The institute aims to increase the diversity of the applicant pools for top doctorate programs in political science or other social science fields at USC and across the country.
Students help to address social issues through writing and filmmaking
Undergraduates showcase the work of partners in the community.
Rare neurological condition gives new graduate a special perspective on life
Brooke Kidner reaches commencement after a long, tough journey.
Undergraduate’s startup called one of the country’s coolest
USC Dornsife sophomore succeeds as entrepreneur with a company that supplies games, gadgets and art sculptures on a monthly basis.
USC Wrigley Institute introduces food cultivation to local students
An outreach program couples aquaculture with hydroponics to teach youngsters about science and other key subjects.
Spare change, anyone? USC Dornsife student develops philanthropic app
The East Asian languages and cultures major simplifies — and personalizes — the process of donating to charity through his app Drops.