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How Does the Brain Recognize a Face?

How Does the Brain Recognize a Face?

November 1, 2007

The smile of the Mona Lisa may remain forever ineffable, but at least now science can measure the difference between the real thing and its many imitations. A team of neuroscientists including Irving Biederman, the holder of…

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Announces New Web Site

USC Shoah Foundation Institute Announces New Web Site

November 1, 2007

This week the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, part of the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, launched a new Web site at college.usc.edu/vhi. The institute’s visual history archive contains nearly 52,000…

The Meaning of Freedom

The Meaning of Freedom

November 1, 2007

When it comes to freedom in America, there’s no single lasting definition, according to world-renowned historian Eric Foner. Although it’s a concept central to the nation’s history and identity, its meaning…

To Tell the Truth

To Tell the Truth

November 1, 2007

  In the end, if a work of nonfiction is well written and well executed, does it really matter if it is factually true? According to novelist John Rechy, no. After all, the writer — in fact all artists and the…

The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

November 1, 2007

An interdisciplinary team of biomedical researchers from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, USC College and the Keck School of Medicine of USC has received a $6 million Bioengineering Research Partnership grant from the…

Engaging Ritual

Engaging Ritual

November 1, 2007

On the 13th day of every month, at around 10:30 a.m., the Virgin Mary appears in the Mojave Desert. Invariably, the sun shines bright, and always, Maria Paula Acuña is there to see the image in the sky. A crowd gathers…

Jump-Starting New Directions in Research

Jump-Starting New Directions in Research

October 1, 2007

Twenty-two teams of USC professors have been awarded 2007 Zumberge interdisciplinary research grants, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research Advancement recently announced. More than half of the winning proposals included…

How Sweet It Is

How Sweet It Is

October 1, 2007

About three years ago, Casey Donovan, professor of kinesiology in USC College, had hit a wall. His groundbreaking research into the body’s physical sensors for hypoglycemia — how the body knows when there is too…

Two College Faculty Join the Provost as New AAAS Fellows

Two College Faculty Join the Provost as New AAAS Fellows

October 1, 2007

USC College is home to two out of five USC scientists named this year as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a recognition of outstanding contributions in science and engineering. Douglas…

The Great Dying Reconsidered

The Great Dying Reconsidered

October 1, 2007

The greatest mass extinction in Earth’s history also may have been one of the slowest, according to a study that casts further doubt on the extinction-by-meteor theory. Creeping environmental stress fueled by volcanic…