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Bill Carrick, Fred Davis and Todd Purdum (left to right) participate in an event titled “The Day After: What Happens Post New Hampshire” as part of the USC Dornsife Department of Political Science’s Political Conversations series. Photo by Yaminah McKessey.

Why are non-establishment presidential candidates triumphing in early primaries?

February 16, 2016

Months before voters turned out en force to show support for Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, Fred Davis received a call from his 89-year-old mother. She wanted to know from her son, a…

USC Dornsife junior Sam Deutsch celebrates his Jeopardy tournament victory. Photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions Inc.

Political economy major Sam Deutsch crowned Jeopardy! College Champion

February 16, 2016

Sam Deutsch sensed that Lady Luck was smiling on him as the game show’s iconic blue screen flashed the “Final Jeopardy!” category: “U.S. Senate.” Deutsch, a junior majoring in political economy…

In Quantum Chess, pieces can be in two places at once (quantum superposition) if the player chooses a quantum move.

‘Anyone Can Quantum’ — just ask graduate student Chris Cantwell

February 12, 2016

What started as a simple project for one graduate student’s elective class may well change the way you play a centuries-old board game. Since its debut in Caltech’s Anyone Can Quantum video, Quantum Chess —…

Photos by Daryl German.

Racing With Style: Jenny Wu

February 12, 2016

A leading voice on the style scene, Los Angeles fashion lawyer-turned-fashion blogger Jenny Wu ’03 is known among her devotees for cutting an elegant figure in the alluring designer outfits she dons on her blog Good,…

<em>A Penny for Your Thoughts</em> centers on a sleep-deprived character. Image courtesy of Evan McGahey.

USC Science Film Competition unites scientists and artists

February 10, 2016

Registration for the fourth annual USC Science Film competition, which seeks to promote public engagement in the sciences through filmmaking, officially opened in January. Students interested in creating a science-themed film…

Robert Douglas pictured at his office on the University Park campus in 1982. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Robert Douglas, 78

February 10, 2016

Robert Guy Douglas, Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences, has died. He was 78. Douglas died at home in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., on Jan. 26 after a long battle with cancer. Dean of natural sciences and mathematics at USC…

The First-Gen Experience at USC

Inaugural summit helps first-gen students identify resources and opportunities

February 9, 2016

For the approximately 15 percent of USC undergraduates who are the first in their families to attend college, navigating university life can sometimes be stressful, confusing or mysterious. A first-ever daylong summit at USC…

California State Poet Laureate and USC Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture Dana Gioia offers tips for writing a meaningful love poem to your Valentine.

How to give a Valentine’s Day gift from your heart, not your wallet.

February 9, 2016

Amid the barrage of chintzy jewelry and mawkish greeting cards we face every February, it’s easy to lose sight of the overall purpose of Valentine’s Day — expressing love. While material items have transient…

Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary

6 reasons Shakespeare remains an icon 400 years after his death

February 8, 2016

“To be or not to be?” That is the question — that has passed over the lips of countless actors playing Hamlet in the last four centuries on stage and on screen. It’s also a question that people in…

Director Edoardo Ponti ’94 premiered his cinematic adaptation of Jean Cocteau’s play <em>Human Voice</em> at the 2014 Tribeca and Cannes film festivals. The short film stars his mother Sophia Loren and was shot on location in Rome and Naples, Italy. Photo by Jon Fauer ©Film and Digital Times.

‘Subsidize the Truth about You’

February 8, 2016

“Every time I write a poem, I read it hearing your voice in my mind,” confesses Edoardo Ponti to David St. John. “And if it sounds like you could read it — that the words fit your vocal pattern —…