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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…

Former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords stands alongside her husband, U.S. Navy Captain and astronaut Mark Kelly, while delivering the 14th Annual Carmen and Louis Warschaw Distinguished Lecture. Photos by Steve Cohn.

Courage, Faith and Service

March 9, 2015

Emphasizing the importance of former United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords’ Jewish values, her husband, Mark Kelly, spoke of the moment when his wife confronted her would-be assassin in court at his…

Ian Ehrenreich and Peter Ralph of biological sciences are recognized for their achievements in pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge.

Ehrenreich and Ralph Earn Sloan Fellowships

March 4, 2015

USC Dornsife faculty members Ian Ehrenreich and Peter Ralph have been selected as research fellows for 2015 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Ehrenreich and Ralph are among 126 researchers from the United States and Canada,…

Daphna Oyserman, Dean’s Professor of Psychology at USC Dornsife and co-director of the USC Dornsife Mind and Society Center. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

When I Grow Up, I Will Be...

March 4, 2015

Devil’s Night in Detroit, the eve before Halloween when youths traditionally tear up the town, got Daphna Oyserman thinking. Oyserman had just arrived in nearby Ann Arbor for her doctoral studies at the University of…

Center for Economic and Social Research

Center for Economic and Social Research

March 3, 2015

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Alumna Jenny Wu believes her education at USC Dornsife helped prepare her to meet the challenges of being a contestant on <em>The Amazing Race</em>. Photo courtesy of CBS Television Inc.

Racing with Style

February 25, 2015

On the 26th season of The Amazing Race premiering on CBS Television on Feb. 25, contestants must plunge into a giant man-made pool of mud near Castaic Lake north of Los Angeles and wade through it as fast as they can. Among…

Doubling-down

Doubling-down

February 24, 2015

Emily Mufich started college knowing exactly how she wanted to finish — with degrees in two very different majors that would make the most of her time at USC. “I like to say that history is my fun major and…

Self-proclaimed visionary Maria Paula Acuña holds a Polaroid photograph taken by a follower purporting to show proof of the presence of the Virgin Mary. Photo by Matt Gainer.

Looking the Wrong Way

February 20, 2015

Standing amid the desolate beauty of the California desert, hundreds of people raise instamatic cameras to snap pictures of a cloudless, cerulean sky. Others drop to their knees beside their cars and pick-up trucks, yet more…

USC hosts a “Health and Wellbeing” conference to honor the opening of Dr. Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall, an interdisciplinary social sciences building on the University Park campus.

On Our Best Behavior

February 20, 2015

Doctors may be more likely to prescribe antibiotics inappropriately right before lunch, when they are hungry — or just before the end of the day, when they are tired, said Jason Doctor, associate professor of clinical…

Japan, Spies and the Roman Empire

Japan, Spies and the Roman Empire

February 17, 2015

Research into a Hollywood-based Jewish spy ring is one of three USC Dornsife faculty research projects that have been honored with a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant for the academic year 2015-16. Steven…

Based in Singapore, Kaitlin Solimine splits her time between running the online academic magazine <em>Hippo Reads</em> and finishing her first novel. Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Solimine.

Her Heart’s in the Far East

February 13, 2015

A simple twist of fate launched the trajectory of Kaitlin Solimine’s academic pursuits. As a high school student at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, Solimine, who earned her master’s in East Asian area…

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics Robert Shrum for a Political Conversations event with students on Feb. 9. Photo by Matt Meindl.

‘Housewife to House Speaker’

February 12, 2015

There has been a lot of discussion about the gridlock that characterizes the current United States Congress. Issues such as immigration, the environment, health care and tax reform have been hotly contested. President Barack…

University Professor Michael Waterman’s pioneering convergent approach to computational biology has won him international recognition. Photo courtesy of Michael Waterman.

Waterman Awarded Prestigious Dan David Prize

February 11, 2015

USC Dornsife’s Michael Waterman has been awarded the internationally renowned Dan David Prize, it was announced on Feb. 10. Widely regarded as the founding father of computational biology, Waterman, University Professor…

The Joint Educational Project’s intensive internship program affords would-be lawyers and law school applicants real-world experience in the field. Here students attend a training session led by junior Jiaqi Wang, left. Photos by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Ahead of the Game

February 9, 2015

Going into her junior year, Lillian Zazueta decided she wanted to pursue a career in law. Investigating related internship opportunities, the comparative literature major and Russian minor learned about the Joint Educational…

Manuel Pastor (seated) is presented with a chair bearing the university seal. From left: Michael Quick, interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Patricia and Gerald Turpanjian, the chair’s donors; and Steve Kay, dean of USC Dornsife. Photos by Steve Cohn.

The People’s Academic

February 9, 2015

At a ceremony honoring his installation as the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change, Professor Manuel Pastor made three pledges for how he will serve the USC — and greater Los…

Alumnus Oscar Balderrama is a script coordinator on the popular television show <em>Arrow</em>. He earned his bachelor's degree in creative writing from USC Dornsife in 2005. Photo courtesy of Oscar Balderrama.

Write on Target

February 6, 2015

For five years, Oliver Queen was presumed dead. Unbeknownst to his family and friends, the billionaire playboy survived a shipwreck only to be stranded on a remote island in the Pacific. When he finally returns home, he finds…