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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…

Internationally known Egyptologist Zahi Hawass delivers a lecture titled “Pyramids, Mummies and Cleopatra: Recent Discoveries” on USC’s University Park campus. Photos courtesy of Lynn Dodd.

Preserving Antiquity

March 27, 2015

Egyptologist Zahi Hawass will never forget the morning of Jan. 28, 2011 — three days after the first demonstrations in Egypt’s revolution — when looters broke into the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Cairo…

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…

USC Dornsife’s Robert Shrum speaking at the 2015 AAPC Pollie Awards and Conference in New Orleans. Photos courtesy of AAPC.

Shrum Honored by AAPC

March 25, 2015

Robert Shrum, Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics and professor of the practice of political science at USC Dornsife, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Political…

International relations major Meghan Jahnke works with elementary school pupils as part of a breakout session during the Penny Harvest Leadership Academy on March 10. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Elementary Pupils Become Penny Harvest Advocates

March 25, 2015

One by one, the four teams took turns addressing childhood cancer, foster care, homelessness and saving animals — serious, thoughtful work, especially for elementary-age presenters. But that’s one of the…

Insects collected in a pan trap during a USC experiment on LED light bulbs. All images courtesy of Travis Longcore.

Bright Idea

March 25, 2015

How many researchers does it take to change a light bulb? And how many lives could they save by changing it? The answer to both questions is larger than you might expect. In the developing world, light bulbs might as well be…

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…

Participants at the EMSI World and Ground conference sporting commemorative caps bearing the EMSI symbol, a rendering of a pineapple inspired by the earliest-known European drawing of the exotic fruit from a 1535 manuscript at The Huntington. Photo courtesy of Amy Braden.

World and Ground

March 19, 2015

Twelve scholars in early American history and culture presented papers on subjects ranging from the history of slavery to the development of capitalism at the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute’s (EMSI) 12th…

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…