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:
With camera in tow, this USC alum will ski on any slope around the world
Caleb Farro loves his dream job chasing choice footage from the Andes to the X Games.
USC historian plays with the pieces of an ancient puzzle
An expert on the Ptolemaic dynasty broadens her studies of Hellenistic Egypt.
The fall of the Berlin Wall: a collapse heard ’round the world
A new book by a USC professor marks the 25th anniversary of a Cold War symbol’s dissolution — and the ‘accidents’ that led to it.
Looking at ways to improve LA
After immersing themselves in Holland’s renowned city planning and design, USC students propose ideas to boost our own city.
White House adviser helps Hispanics boost their chances for college
USC Dornsife alumnus publishes a financial aid guide for students and families.
Prakash to be honored as American Chemical Society fellow
The USC scientist has advanced methanol chemistry and helped develop viable alternatives to fossil fuels.
Deborah Harkness’ trilogy comes to life one more time
The bestselling author says so long to the All Souls Trilogy and gears up to teach a new seminar on public history.
The eloquent art of haiku
Alumna Deborah Kolodji brings life experiences to her stream of universal poetry.
It’s show time!
USC’s equestrian team, a shining example of Trojan spirit, rides to first place in the Intercollegiate Horse Show regional.
Her heart is in Highland Park
An undergrad gets her practical politics on with the help of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute.
USC Dornsife/LA Times poll reveals public opinion about political corruption
Corruption in Sacramento is from a ‘few bad apples,’ not systemic breakdown, voters say.
Living and learning in a new culture
Boren Scholarship winners prepare to study in countries that are important to national security.
USC rewards students for civic engagement
The annual Community Service Awards Dinner celebrates generosity.
Capone to receive award for biosciences research
The scientist’s work has influenced studies on the interaction between nitrogen and the global carbon cycle.
Robotics made simple for young scientists
The playground at the James A. Foshay Learning Center near USC was transformed into a science laboratory.
Students and sustainability: Waste not, want not
The day’s activities were part of a spring break program held by the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies.
USC alumnus recounts true tales of survival
Douglas Keeney’s book Lost in the Pacific captures the stories of heroic survivors.
Archaeologists exhume a racing legend
A team of USC Dornsife archaeologists and students help to preserve a part of history at Hollywood Park.
New USC center seeks accuracy in health self-reports
The Center for Self-Report Science gathers information from medical questionnaires, pharmaceutical drug trial patient feedback or public opinion polling.
Alumna generates lots of tech talk
Bita Shahian believes the future lies in technology. Since she also believes in the future of college students, she wants to help them jump into the tech world.
He pronounces his intent to help readers
Jason Zevin focuses on the similarities and differences between English and Chinese speakers.
She learns about the past via studies in the present
History student Songyu Zhu, who seeks to become a writer and teacher, was inspired by novels set in the West.
Veteran politico to hold Warschaw Chair
In his new role, Robert Shrum will connect students with elected officials, candidates and their staffs from across the political spectrum.
She has a psychological advantage
Psychology is applicable to anything in life, according to Moeka Komachi, who studies at USC Dornsife.
Advocates for ethics
USC Dornsife junior Amanda Schmitt will investigate ethical questions involving a small coastal town devastated by a natural disaster in Japan.
He captures the coolness of a bygone era
As a teenager growing up in 1950s Philadelphia, University Professor Leo Braudy’s free time revolved around hanging out with friends at the local soda shop, listening to rock ’n’ roll, watching horror films and thinking about girls.
It’s more than a feeling for USC brain researchers
The Brain and Creativity Institute has received a $1.5 million grant to investigate the neurobiology of feelings at the cellular level.
Finding faults for everyone’s security
Thorsten Becker has won a grant that will support his continued research in Germany on the source of earthquakes and the dynamics of faults.
Support for Brown climbs in the Golden State
Even at a time when Californians feel that the state is headed in the wrong direction, support for Gov. Brown is increasing, according to a USC Dornsife/LA Times Poll.
A simple solution to hunger for their own good
While studying abroad in the northern Uganda city of Gulu, Molly Beckert ’10 learned that children were dropping out of the nearby primary school at a high rate.
Symposium seeks context for recent events in Russia
Clad in brightly colored ski masks, a group of young women ascended the altar of a Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow.
Analyzing the African diaspora through the lens of sounds
USC Dornsife Assistant Professor Edwin Hill explores the African diaspora on both sides of the Atlantic in his book Black Soundscapes White Stages.
Garden Gateway project produces nutrition for communities
The Garden Gateway Nutrition Project teaches residents how to create their own edible gardens.
Creating a pathway for a career
USC Dornsife’s Second-Year Inquiry program, launched this fall, is helping more than 280 students segue from academics to their desired career.
In the market for good behavior
Daniela Kerfin Canto was savvy enough to know that a deeper understanding of human behavior would help her garner clients.