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USC Dornsife signs pact to enrich Iranian studies

USC Dornsife Dean Steve A. Kay, left, shakes hands with Ali Razi, chair of the Farhang Foundation board of trustees, during a recent signing ceremony. Al Checcio, senior vice president for USC Advancement, is sitting at right. Standing from left: Hassan Izad, Farhang’s chief financial officer; Haleh Emrani, chair of Farhang’s Iranian Studies Council; and Ahmad Gramian, vice chair of Farhang’s board of trustees. (USC Photo/Dietmar Quistorf)
Photo: USC Dornsife Dean Steve A. Kay, left, shakes hands with Ali Razi, chair of the Farhang Foundation board of trustees, during a recent signing ceremony. Al Checcio, senior vice president for USC Advancement, is sitting at right. Standing from left: Hassan Izad, Farhang’s chief financial officer; Haleh Emrani, chair of Farhang’s Iranian Studies Council; and Ahmad Gramian, vice chair of Farhang’s board of trustees. (USC Photo/Dietmar Quistorf)

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.

Health

Grant supports collaborative approach to ovarian cancer treatment research

Michael Press, professor of pathology at the Keck School, and his collaborators from several other institutions are examining the genetics of ovarian cancer.
Photo: Michael Press, professor of pathology at the Keck School, and his collaborators from several other institutions are examining the genetics of ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer frequently goes undiagnosed until it has spread, making it difficult to treat and often fatal. Research into genetic mechanisms of ovarian cancer at USC recently received a boost thanks to a more than $300,000 grant from the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation.

Renowned scientists lead cluster hire of new Trojans

Arthur Toga and Paul Thompson, along with a number of faculty, researchers and staff in the field of brain mapping and neuroimaging, will join USC in the fall.
Photo: Arthur Toga and Paul Thompson, along with a number of faculty, researchers and staff in the field of brain mapping and neuroimaging, will join USC in the fall.

USC is about to get even brainier. Already a leading center for research on the neurological basis of emotion, the university announced on May 10 a major cluster hire of about 110 faculty, researchers and multidisciplinary staff in the field of brain mapping and neuroimaging.

University

USC Dornsife launches $750 million fundraising drive

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Fundraising Launch
Photo: From left, USC Trustee David Dornsife, Dana Dornsife, first lady Niki C. Nikias, USC President C. L. Max Nikias and USC Dornsife Dean Steve A. Kay at the launch of the fundraising drive for the college, part of the $6 billion Campaign for USC (Photo/Steve Cohn)

The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences kicked off its $750 million fundraising initiative with a gala that drew some 350 friends, administrators, faculty and students to the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.

USC Price celebrates partnership with Mount Vernon

From left, USC Price Dean Jack H. Knott; Susan Magill, vice president of advancement, Mount Vernon; Professor David Sloane; Curt Viebranz, president and CEO, George Washington'€™s Mount Vernon Estate; Maribeth Borthwick '73, vice regent, Mount Vernon Ladies'€™ Association; and Stewart McLaurin, vice president, Fred W. Smith National Library (Photo/Tom Queally)
Photo: From left, USC Price Dean Jack H. Knott; Susan Magill, vice president of advancement, Mount Vernon; Professor David Sloane; Curt Viebranz, president and CEO, George Washington'€™s Mount Vernon Estate; Maribeth Borthwick '73, vice regent, Mount Vernon Ladies'€™ Association; and Stewart McLaurin, vice president, Fred W. Smith National Library (Photo/Tom Queally)

The USC Price School of Public Policy celebrated its newly formed partnership with the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon by hosting a reception at Lewis Hall.