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:
Alum goes to bat for international baseball
Bob Oettinger strives to promote the grand old game in Nicaragua with an academy offering skills for use on and off the fields of dreams.
Here’s how countries can achieve accountability
Globetrotter Jacob Soll shares his research on the ties between history and current economic crises.
A new major will let students try their hand at social change
USC Dornsife’s interdisciplinary major will examine nonprofits fostering change in all corners of the world.
Is it time to abolish the death penalty?
Panelists ponder the moral, racial and ethical aspects of the long-simmering debate at a Levan Institute conversation.
A closer look at conflicting views on the Pacific Rim
David Kang receives a MacArthur Foundation grant to analyze East Asian security issues, defense spending and United States foreign policy.
Self-sufficiency deeply rooted in Iran’s national culture, historian says
USC Dornsife-Farhang Foundation Iranian Studies Initiative kicks off its distinguished lecture series.
The physicist who found respect with Norman Lear
Alumna Virginia Carter began her career as an aerospace physicist before joining the feminist movement in the 1960s and taking an unlikely turn into the entertainment industry.
As drought drags on, USC alum shares his wisdom on water
Rodney Swan, who shifted from finance to farming after getting his master’s, focuses on California’s troubling dry spell.
How to earn a doctorate in religion
Students have time to apply for the three-track program, which begins next fall.
New fluorine chemistry research may help in the development of medicines and materials
Prakash, Christe and Olah dispel a longtime notion, expanding the potential for creating new organic molecules.
Marine biologists gather data on climate change at research hotspot
With nearly $3 million in new funding, a USC team studies the San Pedro Basin ecosystem.
Reflections on early Christianity
A new book rethinks the role of St. Paul in shaping notions of ethnicity, religion and civic identity in ancient Greece.
National society honors stellar research of USC chemists
Mark Thompson and Karl Christe are slated to accept American Chemical Society awards in 2015.
Swanson provides brain power for complex research
Nearly 15 years in the making, a new book offers an encyclopedic inventory of the human nervous system.
In memoriam: Darrell Judge, 79
The founding director of USC’s Space Sciences Center was a teacher and mentor who helped to establish the careers of numerous scientists and engineers.
Chemist devotes his energy to solar studies
Oleg Prezhdo’s new team aims to make solar cells less expensive and more efficient at USC.
Do you believe in the power of healing?
Anthropologist Erin Moore leads her class on a cultural journey to Brazil.
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.