D o c u T h e s i s

Fingerprint evidence was introduced in the court system over 100 years ago. But how reliable, really, is its use in identifying the actual perpetrator of the crime? Associate Professor Simon Cole, Department of Criminology, Law and Society, studies the interaction between science and the law, specializing in fingerprint identification in the justice system. Learn more about the research going on in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society

Following a personal experience with a friend, Professor Roxane Silver of UC Irvine became inspired to study the mental processes behind those exposed to traumatic disasters and tragedies. She challenges general assumptions regarding those who are affected and why, and seeks to promote further understanding of the diversity of emotions regarding personal trauma.

Elizabeth Cauffman is a professor of psychology and social behavior. She researches adolescents who make immature and impulsive decisions and become incarcerated, and tries to see what they need to stay out of crime to help policymakers change the system to make it happen.

What is a DocuThesis?

Professor Richard Matthew talks about meeting the human and environmental security challenges of the 21st century.


What is a DocuThesis?

Discover - Engage - Transform The videos presented in this series are a hybrid of documentary filming and graduate thesis research. These short videos are meant to educate the world by creating more awareness of the knowledge…

DocuThesis is currently traveling around the US to get ready for this year’s Golden Goose Award Documentary…stay tuned. 

The Golden Goose Award officially recognizes scientists whose federally funded basic research has led to innovations or inventions which have a significant impact on humanity or society. The results have been significant health and economic benefits. The award has bi-partisan support in Congress and is organized by a number of notable organizations.

In addition, the burgeoning research has often had odd sounding names. In modern times such titles were the subject of ridicule by U.S. Legislators and some of the public. Most notable was the late SenatorWilliam Proxmire and his monthly Golden Fleece Awards. Senator Proxmire directly ridiculed a USDA study on the sexual behavior of a worm species lethal to livestock that by now has saved the cattle industry $20 billion. The results forced the senator to apologize.

Another study oddly entitled “Acoustic Trauma in the Guinea Pig" has resulted in a treatment for hearing loss in infants. Other research funded by U.S. federal agencies have become widely used technologies such as laser technology, the internet, fiber optics, the Global Positioning Systemmagnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer touch screens and lithium-ion batteries. Recipients received the award in a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

Doctoral student Andrew Chang discusses how research, particularly that within California’s public universities, has impacted-and will continue to impact-economic productivity.

Desire Whitmore is a graduate student who studies lights and optics in a laboratory and strives to become a professor. She enjoys playing with lasers and doing her outreach work teaching kids science.

Public Diplomacy with Photography.

USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism