Michelle Boston is a senior communication specialist in the USC Dornsife Communication Office. She covers student, faculty and alumni news from across the sciences, social sciences and humanities. Her work is featured in USC Dornsife print publications and on the web. She also manages USC Dornsife’s social media presence and connects the media with USC Dornsife’s faculty experts.
Stories by Michelle Boston:
Martial arts enthusiast — and scientist — breaks down the physics of fighting
Alum Jason Thalken uses his head to help fighters sharpen their skills.
How being funny changes your brain
USC researchers pinpoint the regions of the brain that spark during the telling of a joke.
A Trojan connection forged in love and service
Studying at USC Dornsife brought Linda and Harlan Martens together. More than four decades later, they are still bound by their love for each other and the university.
USC Dornsife experts forecast foreign policy under the Trump administration
International relations faculty map out a possible shape for U.S. relations with Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Russia under the new president.
Students connect with artists and their art at Getty Museum
USC Dornsife course teaches Trojans how to hone their observational skills and tell a story about eye-catching paintings.
New journal offers students’ fresh take on economics
The USC Dornsife Economics Department launches the USC Economics Review to spotlight students’ research.
When politics is the topic, laughter just might be the best medicine
USC researchers look the key role of humor — from stand-up routines to social media to cartoons — in the political process.
Veteran takes the stage as a great Trojan of the past
The role as Sophocles’ hero Ajax offers a new perspective on the impact of wartime service.
A sense for style that never goes out of fashion
Alumna Lauren Santo Domingo connects fashion lovers with designer looks straight from the runway.
Why Prince’s passing hits home
As fans continue to mourn the passing of the music legend who died April 21, USC scholars reflect on his legacy — and our emotions.
Six reasons Shakespeare remains relevant 400 years after his death
USC professor helps to put the Bard’s influence into perspective on the upcoming anniversary of his passing.
Students search for solutions to green policy challenges
Trojans survey millennials in a bid to bolster support for measures affecting California parks.
A physicist gets graphic about the nature of the universe
Ever wonder how the universe came into being? Or what exactly a black hole is? A physics and astronomy professor reminds us that science is not just for scientists.
When will people value equity, growth, prosperity and inclusion in the same conversation?
New book argues that inequity derails sustainable economic growth over time.
Poll: Californians think immigration brings challenges but strengthens U.S.
USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Poll finds Clinton, Trump and Carson lead among presidential contenders.
Literature inspires artwork at USC’s Writing Center
Sculptures and paintings fill the space in a place where students wield words.
USC students want millennials to be more engaged in politics
Two political science majors attend national conference, where they learn new ways to boost civic engagement among peers.
LA County residents want to give back but they need direction, new poll shows
Citizens need a guide who can help them see how they can make a palpable difference, says USC’s poll director.
Scientists, musicians and activists to join forces for climate change event
Know Tomorrow will transform McCarthy Quad into an ‘eco-hangout’ where students can learn how to shape national policy and help find solutions for a sustainable future.
Trump and Clinton lead presidential contenders in California
The candidates have a healthy lead over their rivals, USC Dornsife/LA Times poll reveals.
D.C. program pairs students with Washington movers and shakers
USC Dornsife’s Robert Shrum shows class “How Washington Works — And Doesn’t,” firsthand.
USC again among top producers of Fulbright fellows
For the third year, the university ranks among the schools with the most students in the prestigious program.
Hollywood sets out to claim a film foothold in China
Two USC professors explain what it will take for U.S. moviemakers to break into China — the second largest cinematic market in the world.
Interested in foreign policy or international finance?
A new major in international relations and the global economy prepares students for such careers.