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Known for his creative and visionary research on crime and schizophrenia, Sarnoff Mednick was a trailblazer who was not afraid of controversy. Photo courtesy of Laura Baker.

In Memoriam: Sarnoff Mednick, 87

April 23, 2015

Sarnoff Mednick, professor emeritus of psychology at USC Dornsife, has died. He was 87. Mednick died on April 10 in Toledo, Ohio. He suffered from Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Mednick was the first scientist to…

C. L. Max Nikias presents the Presidential Medallion to Distinguished Professor of English Percival Everett. Photos by Steve Cohn.

USC Dornsife Scholars Recognized at Honors Convocation

April 23, 2015

USC President C. L. Max Nikias presented the Presidential Medallion, the university’s highest honor, to Distinguished Professor of English Percival Everett, who was most recently honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship for…

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…

Frank Suraci, Rob Kuznia and Rebecca Kimitch, from left, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. Photo by Robert Casillas.

USC Shoah Foundation’s Rob Kuznia Wins Pulitzer Prize

April 21, 2015

Rob Kuznia, a member of the communication staff of USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History, has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. Kuznia was awarded the prize for work done at the…

Salpi Ghazarian, director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies, talks about the legacy of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

A Hundred Years After the Armenian Genocide

April 20, 2015

True or false? In 1915, the Ottoman Empire perpetrated a genocide against the Armenian people that left more than 1 million dead and hundreds of thousands in exile. If you answered “true,” you are in agreement…

David Kang, professor of international relations and business, mentors students. Photo by Meiko Takechi Arquillos.

USC Mellon Mentoring Awards Recognize Faculty

April 17, 2015

Eleven USC Dornsife faculty members received USC Mellon Mentoring Awards recognizing faculty who exemplify the best in mentoring activities and programs, creating environments that further the academic success of students and…

<em>The Cat and the Coup</em>, a documentary video game in which gamers play the role of the cat of the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran, exemplifies the relationship between Iranian culture and politics. Illustration by Kurosh ValaNejad.

New Horizons

April 16, 2015

Neda Maghbouleh began her presentation at the inaugural USC Dornsife-Farhang Foundation Iranian Studies Initiative Conference quoting an interview she had conducted with an Iranian American teenager named Soraya. “I…

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…