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E-mail storage capacity for USC faculty and staff will be increased by 1 gigabyte on Oct.16. The new default quota for all faculty accounts will be raised to 2 gigabytes.

The university’s e-mail retention policy remains unchanged; all e-mail will be deleted from central e-mail servers after one year.


USC Roski School of Fine Arts professor Sharon Lockhart uses photography and film to create intimate portraits of her subjects in Pine Flat Portrait Studio, a solo exhibition at the Hammer Museum that concludes Jan. 3.


Alicia Dowd, co-director of the Center for Urban Education, was recruited to provide guidance to a congressional advisory committee on student financial assistance, which plays a role in advising and influencing the views of legislators. The committee is within the U.S. Department of Education.

Dowd joins a small and selective group comprised of education policy and research scholars who will lend their expertise in the areas of policy analysis and research on access in higher education.


The Los Angeles City Council honored the USC Thornton School of Music and dean Robert A. Cutietta in commemoration of the school’s 125th anniversary.

The presentation was arranged by councilmember Bernard Parks and approved by council president Eric Garcetti.


The career of USC Viterbi School of Engineering professor Michelle L. Povinelli is on the rise.

She recently received a five-year CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, just a short time after receiving a three-year Army Research Office Young Investigator Award.

The grants are awarded to outstanding junior scientists beginning their independent research careers.

Povinelli said she studies “the interaction of light with nanostructured and microstructured materials, or nanophotonics.”

Graduate students are prepared to carry out the work. Povinelli has recruited four Ph.D. candidates since her arrival in August 2008, two of whom have co-authored papers with her.


Emmy Award-winning writer and producer John Wells MFA ’82 (ER, The West Wing) has been elected president of the Writers Guild of America, West. Earning 52.8 percent of the vote, Wells ran against the Writers United slate, headed by candidate Elias Davis.

This will be Wells’ second term as president. He previously served from 1999-2001.

David N. Weiss MFA ’00 was elected secretary-treasurer. The Emmy-nominated screenwriter previously had served as vice president of the guild.


Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, a national network of progressive Asian Americans and allies for action and change, has selected USC as one of the nation’s top 10 schools for Asian American Pacific Islander activism.

USC was selected for its learning opportunities and campaigns that resulted in institutional changes.

The judges were impressed by the multitude of Asian American student organizations and the Asian Pacific American Student Services department, which allows students the opportunity to immerse themselves in issues affecting their community.


The Gerontological Society of America – the country’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging – has named Merril Silverstein editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

The journal contains peer-reviewed articles dealing with aging issues from the fields of anthropology, demography, economics, epidemiology, geography, political science, public health, social history, social work and sociology.

Silverstein, a professor at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and USC College, focuses on aging within the context of family life.


Tiffani Crawford Ph.D. ’05, a former student of USC Rossier School of Education professor Lawrence Picus, has written The Effectiveness of the California Community Colleges in Local Economic Development.

The book is based on her research measuring the effectiveness of California’s economic development programs in the state’s community colleges. It offers recommendations for the future of technology, leadership, fiscal policy, organizational adaptation, higher education and local economic development.

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