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Susan Bell

Susan Bell is USC Dornsife’s senior writer. She covers a wide variety of USC Dornsife-related news from research to the humanities and is a contributing features writer for USC Dornsife Magazine. An internationally published journalist, she has written extensively on French politics and culture for The Times of London, The Sunday Telegraph and The Sunday Times. Her articles have also been published in Wallpaper, Marie-Claire and The Los Angeles Times. Interests include architecture, design, history and photography.

Stories by Susan Bell:

USC researchers how do people beatbox
Beatboxing originated in 1970s New York, coinciding with the genesis of hip-hop: The high cost of rhythm machines, or “beatboxes,“ led musicians to start creating their own rhythms with what was freely available –– their mouths. (Illustration/Dennis Lan)

Unpacking the mysteries of beatboxing: Linguists and engineers team up

Beatboxers expertly manipulate their vocal tracts to make sounds unknown in any language. Through the use of cutting-edge MRIs, USC researchers plan to find out how they do it.

Young Scientists Program JEP
Martin Kast of the Keck School of Medicine of USC explains an experiment to two elementary school students in a cancer education workshop organized by the Joint Educational Project’s Young Scientists Program, as graduate student Ruben Prins looks on. (USC Photo/Susan Bell)

Children hear from people on the front lines of cancer research, prevention and treatment

USC Dornsife’s Young Scientist Program hosts workshops at L.A. elementary schools to reduce the fear of cancer and encourage the pursuit of science.

USC huntington early modern studies
During a visit to The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, USC Dornsife's Peter Mancall shows two teachers an early 17th century manuscript by English naturalist Edward Topsell. (Photo/Courtesy of Peter Mancall)

USC helps teachers from around the U.S. get rare access to colonial era history

The USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute inspires 35 middle and high school teachers to teach students about the latest scholarship on the early American experience.