Laura Paisley is Web Editor and Writer for the USC Dornsife Communication Office. She manages content on the USC Dornsife website and electronic communications, and she writes news and feature stories about students, faculty and alumni for USC Dornsife print publications and the web.
Stories by Laura Paisley:
Take a deep breath — you may not like what’s up in the air
Alumna says alarming statistics about pollutants may not be registering with the public.
Students meet the many faces of Buddhism in Los Angeles
Undergrads immerse themselves in Buddhist traditions originating from Thailand, China and beyond.
Sanchez tapped as president-elect of American Historical Association branch
In his new role, the USC professor will continue to encourage diversity and promote the public’s role in history.
USC alum courts law and order
Federal prosecutor wins a Tommy Award for service, leadership and dedication to USC and the New York metropolitan area.
Today’s young scientists strive to help others in the future
While working in USC labs, two high school students make their marks as keen researchers.
War hero, Olympian, Trojan legend and friend to Angelina Jolie
With a movie about his life set to come out in December, Louis Zamperini may be 97, but he’s young at heart.
Obstacles turn into opportunities
The 2014 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement is awarded to Simon Levin for his work bridging ecological research with environmental policy.
Law, order, analysis
“Writing 440: Advanced Legal Writing” takes analysis into the practical world.
JEP fosters family ties between father and daughter
The interaction uncovered a previously unknown link between father and daughter, a junior at the USC Price School of Public Policy.
Trojan League benefit showcases USC Dornsife
More than 200 people gather on the University Park Campus for the league’s luncheon, which focused on “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”
Oh, that beautiful doll
Inspired by the line of American Girl dolls, a USC Dornsife student draws on her love of children’s fiction for her senior project.
In memoriam: Cornelius Schnauber, 74
Associate Professor Emeritus of German Cornelius Schnauber, an eminent and highly decorated scholar, historian, playwright, novelist and pianist, has died.
USC Dornsife alum shapes foreign policy on international stage
USC Dornsife alum Mahmood Sariolghalam is a scholar and specialist in Middle East politics as well as Iranian foreign policy and political culture.
USC Dornsife senior awarded Cambridge scholarship
The Gates Cambridge program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving lives around the world.
USC Dornsife attracts two thoughtful philosophers
The school’s impressive ascent in national rankings is due in large part to the efforts of Scott Soames, who has overseen nearly a dozen new hires since his arrival in 2005.
Kay receives honorary degree for his singular studies
“It was an incredible privilege to return to the University of Bristol for my third graduation,” he said.
A secluded society shares its secrets with filmmakers
USC Dornsife alumnus Ankur Poseria serves as executive producer of a National Geographic documentary about villagers in the Himalayan foothills.
Waterman joins elite Chinese Academy of Sciences
The professor of biological sciences was among nine foreign members from seven countries to be elected to the academy in 2013.
Percival Everett awarded literary grant
NEA fellowships enable published writers to set aside time for writing, research, travel and general career advancement.
Changing the world through music
The USC Dornsife professor investigates race and nation-making through music, and the idea of music as a performative political act.
The stars align for USC alumnus
It’s not bad when the fiction editor of The Washington Post names your first novel his favorite book of 2013.
Law with social impact
The recently launched Law, History and Culture undergraduate degree is the result of a collaboration between two USC schools.
Innovation leads to recognition
An innovative researcher, Remo Rohs is being noticed in big ways.
Alumni gift establishes endowed director’s chair
A $1 million donation by USC Dornsife alumni has established the Linda and Harlan Martens Endowed Director’s Chair for the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.
Five hours of terror
When the theme song from Titanic boomed from speakers, Georgia Ananias remarked to her husband maybe that wasn’t the best music to play on a cruise ship.
Graphene: the next big thing?
A research award will allow Stephen Haas to work toward the discovery and design of new functional materials to improve modern electronics using graphene.
USC English professor talks stories of the strange and magical
Aimee Bender of USC Dornsife discusses her new book, The Color Master, a collection of 15 short stories.
Director reveals the fascinating backstory of once-banned film
Director Ryszard Bugajski recounts the story of how he made one of Poland’s most popular movies of the 1980s.
High heels, lofty ambitions
Giselle Rodriguez-Forté has written a collection of memoir-based vignettes about her life that make up her USC thesis, which she is completing in anticipation of her 2014 graduation.
USC Dornsife senior fosters the care of others
USC Dornsife senior Jansmine Torres is helping to launch the Trojan Guardians Scholarship program to assist students currently or formerly in child care.
Sounds of science
A recent conference held at USC focused on the study of hearing and vocal communication.
In memoriam: Anthony Mlikotin, 87
Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages and Literatures Anthony Mlikotin has died. He was 87.
Wake up and smell the coffee
The delicious coffee that supports the livelihood of so many farmers is being threatened by one of the most harmful ailments affecting coffee plants in Latin America.
International democracy at work
During a recent Problems Without Passports (PWP) course, eight international relations undergraduates saw parliamentary democracy at work.
Under water, not over his head
A USC Dornsife undergraduate is in Panama on a summer field research internship at the Bocas del Toro Research Station, part of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.