Pamela J. Johnson
Pamela J. Johnson is editorial director at USC Dornsife Communication. She oversees the written storytelling at USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Johnson writes stories in the humanities, sciences and social sciences. She was previously an award-winning, 20-year journalist at the Los Angeles Times, Orlando Sentinel, and Los Angeles Herald-Examiner.
Stories by Pamela J. Johnson:
What happens when kids pretend?
In a boost for the advancement of artificial intelligence, two USC researchers are the first to examine counterfactual reasoning in children.
USC lab creates vast library of master genetic switches in plants
The collection could lead to the design of a more robust plant for future food.
In memoriam: Peter Berton, 91
A week before his death, the Distinguished Professor Emeritus was completing his last book.
New institute favors economic thinking
The New York-based institute supports economics scholars by providing money, advice and access to thousands of like-minded individuals.
Proud to be a trash talker
Julia McGinnis oversees the country’s third-largest gas-to-energy project, which generates about 37.5 megawatts of electricity.
“The cornerstone of the USC Wrigley Institute’s mission is to advance fundamental knowledge of our ocean, our Earth and her systems,” said Roberta Marinelli, executive director of the USC Wrigley Institute.
The task at land (and sea and air)
Wendy Wood has obtained a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant to explore ways to reduce energy consumption in office buildings.
Lost boys find a home in alumna’s documentary
A documentary produced by a USC Dornsife alumna paints a poignant picture of troubled boys in Pakistan.
Intellectual pursuits are in his DNA
Philosopher Ralph Wedgwood is not only interested in attaining knowledge. He wants to dissect the theory of knowledge itself.
A deft decision: Damasio wins award for psychology
University Professor Antonio Damasio, who proposed that emotions play an integral role in human reasoning and decision-making, has won the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology.
A Nobel victory
It began with an off-the-cuff remark. When enrolling at Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Arieh Warshel asked his friend Eliezer Finkman what he should study.
A youthful twist to Hamlet
William Shakespeare’s Hamlet was performed on Nov. 1 by seniors from Foshay Learning Center near USC in front of a packed house at Taper Hall.
Hillary Clinton honored by US-Mexico Foundation
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received the Hermandad Award for fostering partnerships between the U.S. and Mexico.
Fast start for new economics council
During the official launch of the Economics Leadership Council at USC Dornsife, organizers announced that within eight months nearly $8 million had been raised.
Smith named UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education
Stephen Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation, has been appointed the inaugural holder of the UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education.
Two stars of the social sciences join USC
USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett has announced the appointment of Norbert Schwarz and Daphna Oyserman, who are charged with overseeing the Mind and Society Center at USC.
Research fellowship opens more doors for USC Dornsife students
The 13 USC Dornsife undergraduates of the HSBC Fellows Program presented their research before an audience at the University Club.
An in-depth look at Latinos in America on PBS
Latino Americans, the first major TV documentary series to chronicle the varied history of Latinos, premieres on PBS Sept. 17, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1.
The edge effect — when music meets neuroscience
With help from Antonio Damasio, cellist Yo-Yo Ma demonstrates the variety of emotions communicated from musician to listener.
Nerves, excitement, anticipation all part of Move-in Day
Inside a dormitory room at Fluor Tower, John Marot unpacked a cardinal T-shirt emblazoned with the words in gold: Trojan Family Member Since 2013.
In memoriam: Edwin ‘Bud’ Perkins Jr., 75
Edwin “Bud” Perkins Jr., a 34-year faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and an expert in histology, has died.
Course serves as work of art
A Maymester course takes undergraduates to New York City, where they become art critics and examine potential careers.
USC Dornsife signs pact to enrich Iranian studies
In a recent signing ceremony, the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Farhang Foundation sealed the deal on a long-term commitment to enhance the study and research of Iranian art and culture at the university.
A developing story
The Center for Economic and Social Research at USC Dornsife has opened a new space in the building with USC Information Sciences Institute’s office in Arlington, Va.
International scientist named Pew Latin American Fellow
Incoming Trojan Sabrina Sanchez has been selected as a Pew Latin American Fellow. She will join the laboratory of USC Dornsife Dean Steve A. Kay in August.
A mix of words and music
“The Shore, Symphony No. 3,” a chorus and orchestra piece premiered on June 1 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, Calif.
USC Dornsife sets precedent with first Iranian studies minor
For the first time in its history, USC Dornsife will offer a minor in Iranian studies as part of an initiative launched in 2010 by the Farhang Foundation.
He’s part of the ‘USC Posse’
Luis Hernandez was hunkered down at his older sister’s home in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y., while Hurricane Sandy carved its destructive path.
Writers keep the faith
The Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, housed at the USC Dornsife College for Letters, Arts and Sciences, has announced its new class of Generations in Dialogue scholars.
Scientist passes the test of a lifetime
In high school, Howard Wayne Harris had a rough time in academics. Because he had a difficult time spelling and handwriting, one teacher advised him not to go to college.
Labors of love for America Ferrera
As an international relations major at USC Dornsife, actress America Ferrera had a worldly perspective when she recently embarked on several lengthy discussions with Helen Chávez.
Siblings offer a support system
Siblings Andrew and Rebecca Alonzo are a bit more than a year apart.
Late bloomer brought fresh perspective to class
When Cynthia Maxwell Dillard’s sociology class discussed the 1967 Detroit riot, she described the red glow of the fires, the looting, the gunfire, the fear she felt.
Castle in the clouds
What if the components of architecture — walls, windows, ceilings and everything in-between — were used to construct the human mind?
“Danger! This magnet is always on!” reads a sign on the door to the functional magnetic resonance imaging machine in the Dornsife Neuroimaging Center and the Brain and Creativity Institute.