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Guggenheim Fellowships were awarded to 175 scholars, artists and scientists selected by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise from a group of more than 3,100 applicants.

USC Dornsife Faculty Receive Guggenheim Fellowships

April 30, 2015

Three USC Dornsife faculty members have been honored with prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships. Distinguished Professor of English Percival Everett, Vanessa Schwartz, professor of history and art history, and David Ulin,…

High school student and future USC Dornsife chemistry major Belen Espinoza, far left, asks senior Thomas Do a question about his research project. Photos by Susan Bell.

Symposium Synergy

April 29, 2015

Belen Espinoza listened intently as Thomas Do, a junior majoring in chemistry at USC Dornsife, explained his research into how a cobalt catalyst can be used to convert carbon dioxide into more useful derivatives. Practical…

Professor Valery Fokin uses his innovative methodology as a chemist to assist biomedical researchers discover new diagnostics and treatments. Photo Courtesy of Valery Fokin.

USC Dornsife Recruits Leading ‘Click Chemist’

April 27, 2015

The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences has recruited leading chemist Valery Fokin to join its faculty. He will begin in the Department of Chemistry this Fall. “I am thrilled to have yet another stellar…

Eric Webb, associate professor of biological sciences and corresponding author of a study on this finding. Photo courtesy of Eric Webb.

Enigmatic Organism

April 23, 2015

Scientists have found something they can’t quite explain in one of the most barren environments on Earth: a bacterium whose DNA sequence contains elements usually only found in a much higher organism. Trichodesmium is a…

More than 150,000 book lovers are expected to attend this year’s <em>Los Angeles Times</em> Festival of Books. Part of the excitement for young festival-goers is visiting USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project/USC ReadersPLUS booth. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Book Feast

April 15, 2015

At the 20th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, USC Dornsife faculty will be taking to the stage to participate in panel discussions on subjects as diverse as satire, black holes and Abraham Lincoln. The largest book…

Viet Thanh Nguyen escaped Saigon with his family in 1975, arriving in the U.S. when he was four years old. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Voices from Vietnam

April 14, 2015

It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a South Vietnamese army general is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of…

Professor of Mathematics Aaron Lauda has won a 2016 Simons Fellowship in Mathematics. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Lauda Receives Simons Fellowship

April 14, 2015

If there’s one thing every researcher could benefit from, it’s time. And as a recipient of the 2015 Simons Foundation fellowship, that’s exactly what Professor of Mathematics Aaron Lauda is getting. The…

Assistant Professor of Psychology Henrike Moll, director of USC Dornsife’s Minds in Development Lab. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Understanding Suspense

April 9, 2015

Here’s a psychology experiment you can try at home: Watch a Hitchcock film with someone and observe how they respond as the story unfolds. Hitchcock’s plots are like the Swiss watches of suspense, designed to…

USC Dornsife Washington, D.C. Program

Opening D.C.’s Doors

April 8, 2015

Sophomore Kara Junttila was delighted when an article she had co-authored on the nuclear budget was published recently on Roll Call, a major online source for legislative and political news on Capitol Hill. An intern at the…

Greek and Armenian refugee children near Athens, Greece, in 1923, following their expulsion from Turkey. Photo courtesy of USC Shoah Foundation.

A Century of Voices

April 7, 2015

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in April, USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education will debut a month-long series of testimony clips from survivors and witnesses…

Importance of Mentorship

The Importance of Mentorship

April 7, 2015

Adrian Trinidad was in third grade at an inner city Los Angeles elementary school when a chance encounter during a school trip to USC changed the course of his life. A student gave the young boy a bookmark for the Norman…

USC researchers have discovered that a rat’s brain has local area networks of neurons. Illustration by Holly Wilder.

Internet-like Networks Revealed

April 7, 2015

Researchers sketching out a wiring diagram for rat brains — a field known as “connectomics” — have discovered that its structure is organized like the Internet.

 For years, scientists looking for…

Remo Rohs, assistant professor of biological sciences, chemistry, physics and computer science, is a corresponding author of two recent papers published in <em>Cell</em> and <em>PNAS</em>. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Patterns and Shapes

April 2, 2015

Remo Rohs is looking for some deep connections. He is integrating genomics and structural biology to uncover some significant insights into how proteins recognize DNA. While genomics deciphers DNA by studying the sequences of…

First-year student Benjamin Sturgess talks with Larry Singer, professor of chemistry and faculty adviser for USC Dornsife’s Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program (PPP), at a mid-semester program meeting. Photo by Kelsey Rupp.

A Change of Heart

April 1, 2015

In 1996, John Michels’ dream came true. After graduating from USC Dornsife with a bachelor’s in religion, the former Trojans offensive tackle was a first-round NFL draft pick by the Green Bay Packers. During his…

Donal Manahan and his research group have created a more accurate picture of how the metabolism of a sea urchin changes under environmental stress.

Hidden Costs

March 30, 2015

Scientists have found a way to measure the unseen toll that environmental stress places on living creatures — showing that they can rev up their metabolism to work more than twice as hard as normal to cope with…

Known for his acerbic wit, Geoff Dyer is a writer of remarkable range. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Dyer has made Venice, California, his new home. Photos courtesy of Geoff Dyer.

Dyer Joins English Department

March 27, 2015

USC Dornsife has recruited award-winning British author Geoff Dyer to join its English department faculty as a writer in residence beginning this Fall. Dyer is the author of seven genre-defying works of nonfiction and four…

Artist's rendering of an exploding Buckyball. USC/Holly Wilder.

Bucky-Balls Become Buckybombs

March 27, 2015

1996, a trio of scientists won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for their discovery of Buckminsterfullerene — soccer-ball-shaped spheres of 60 joined carbon atoms that exhibit special physical properties. Now, 20 years…

Shopping while hungry may lead you to spend more than 60 percent more and buy more non-food items than less hungry customers, research by Norbert Schwarz indicates.

Binder Clip, Anyone?

March 26, 2015

It’s almost lunchtime. You are hungry, but decide to stop at an office supply store before eating to pick up a few items. New research by USC Dornsife’s Norbert Schwarz, Provost Professor of Psychology and…

Richard Antaramian (third from left) is presented with a crystal book to honor his installation as the Turpanjian Early Career Chair in Contemporary Armenian Studies. From left: Michael Quick, interim university provost; Lilia Ambartsumyan, Antaramian's wife; Antaramian; Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian, the chair's donors; and Steve Kay, dean of USC Dornsife. Photos by Steve Cohn.

Cultivating Curiosity

March 23, 2015

At a ceremony honoring his installation as the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Early Career Chair in Contemporary Armenian Studies, Richard Antaramian delineated two reasons why Armenian studies is a crucial field. The…

Alumna Alison Harmelin anchoring for CBS MoneyWatch in December 2014. Photos courtesy of Alison Harmelin.

On the Pulse

March 19, 2015

“When there has been an earthquake, or a terrorist attack, or a hurricane is expected to hit soon and everyone is scrambling to evacuate, I am the person who is trying to go in the opposite direction, the one who is…

Brain synapses are tiny structures only a hundredth the diameter of a human hair. Photo by Don Arnold.

The Waiting Is Over

March 18, 2015

Synapses, the links between neurons that allow them to pass information to one another, are central to all the brain’s functions. These key building blocks are believed to be where memories are stored, yet researchers…

Dean’s Professor of History Mary Elise Sarotte stands with USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay following her lecture, “A Broken Promise? The 1990 Origins of NATO’s Post-Cold War Expansion.” Photo by Karen Tang.

Investigative Historian

March 16, 2015

How do the behind-the-scenes correspondence among politicians such as Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union, and former United States President George H.W. Bush relate to Russia’s recent invasion of…

John Wilson (right) receives a certificate of accreditation for SSI’s Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Program from Keith Masback, CEO of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. Photo by Anne Marie Maltes.

Spatial Connections

March 12, 2015

In 1854, British physician John Snow drew a map of London, tracing a severe outbreak of cholera back to the city’s Broad Street water pump. The link led to Snow’s breakthrough discovery that cholera is spread by…

T.C. Boyle Jukebox

T.C. Boyle Jukebox

March 11, 2015

To celebrate the release of USC Dornsife Writer-in-Residence and Distinguished Professor of English T. C. Boyle’s new novel, The Harder They Come (HarperCollins), the best-selling author paired readings from…