March 2013:

Shaping the World

A Message from USC Price Dean Jack H. Knott

Dean Knott signs MOU

Dean Knott signs MOU with the State of São Paulo in February. (Photo/Patricia Zeppellini/A2Fotografia)

Welcome to the March 2013 edition of USC Price News. In the past two months, the Price School launched four exciting new initiatives: a partnership with the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, a memorandum of understanding with leaders of the State of São Paulo, Brazil, to promote joint research and education, a polling partnership with the Los Angeles Times covering the city mayoral race, and an agreement with the UN-HABITAT Partner University Initiative providing students with service project opportunities in underdeveloped countries.

I’m also delighted to announce that the Price School’s METRANS Transportation Center has been awarded a major $3.7 million grant from the Volvo Research and Education Foundation to establish a Center of Excellence in urban freight research.

The Price School has hosted several noteworthy events on campus. Foremost among them was a book-signing featuring Robert Price, Chairman of Price Family Charities and author of a new book about his father — Sol Price: Retail Revolutionary & Social Innovator. The book chronicles the philosophy and social values of the man after whom our school is proudly named. In addition, renowned biographer and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Caro delivered our annual Holt Distinguished Lecture – offered in partnership with the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance – on the power and leadership transition that occurred during Lyndon Johnson’s first weeks as U.S. president.

The campus also hosted two Price-related presidential events, as USC President Max Nikias held separate receptions honoring David Dollinger and Leonard Schaeffer for their respective recent endowments of the Price Master in Real Estate Program and the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.

This newsletter’s Knowledge in Action section highlights a signature event held by our Center on Philanthropy and Public Police attended by 220 philanthropic leaders nationwide, Prof. Dana Goldman’s participation on a panel in Sacramento devoted to the California health insurance exchange set to open next year, and Price alumna and L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry’s discussion about her tireless 11-year quest to secure funding for homeless services. In addition, the Bedrosian Center’s new “Students Talk Back” series kicked-off with Price School terrorism expert Erroll Southers discussing gun control, while Bedrosian Center director Raphael Bostic moderated a panel on social justice issues related to the recently-approved redevelopment of USC’s University Village.

In exemplifying its Global Reach, the Price School hosted the dean of Berlin’s Hertie School of Governance, Helmut Anheier, who discussed the principal findings of his school’s first annual governance report. Another example is recent Price student participation, via live Internet webcast, in a discussion presented by the Price-housed USC Schwarzenegger Institute but held in Vienna, Austria, on global environment, energy, and sustainability issues.

When not engaging issues on the global stage, Price students are engaging issues through regional and community outreach, as a section dedicated to Student Impact demonstrates. Price MPL students, for example, spent two days with community seventh graders discussing the importance of improving the quality of life in cities through urban planning. We also include stories on this year’s “Learn by Giving” class, as well as a magnificent event entitled “The Next Generation of Leadership,” in which a panel of Price students offered insights to an audience of mayors, council members, and city managers. The section also covers a MPL and MPP student-organized forum in San Francisco focusing on social innovation and international development, as well as teams of graduate students excelling in policy competitions in Washington, D.C., and Shanghai.

Our Alumni Spotlight features Noah Dormady, a freshly-minted Price PhD who now is a tenure track faculty member at Ohio State University’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs.

Price faculty research, as always, continues to command attention and stimulate public policy discourse. Extensive national media coverage of Price Prof. Dowell Myers and his Population Dynamics Research Group is the primary focus of Price Making the News. Other notable faculty work and achievements appear in both our Research News and Price Awards & Notes sections. I do want to congratulate Prof. Janet Denhardt as the new Director of the Price School in Sacramento, and Prof. Gary Painter on his election as President of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association.

Please remember to stay connected with us through our social media presence – accessible through links on the left side of this page. Notice also that you are viewing this page on the Price School’s new web site, launched in February and optimized for all mobile platforms and devices. I encourage you to navigate around the site and keep up with the Price School’s continuing efforts to shape our world for the better.


Jack H. Knott
C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean and Professor
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy