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Todd Fredson, upper right, with Sarah Vap, their three sons and family friend Boli Dje Bi Tra Simon, left. Photo courtesy of Todd Fredson.

Poetry and the aftermath of war in Africa

November 13, 2015

Imagine arriving with your partner and three young children at the Abidjan airport in Ivory Coast after 16 hours in flight. All of your possessions are squished into 10 suitcases limited to 50 pounds each. Now you have to…

<em>Eotiaris guadalupensis</em> fossil discovered by Jeffrey Thompson in the Smithsonian collections. Image courtesy of David Bottjer.

Oldest Urchin

November 9, 2015

Researchers have uncovered a sea urchin fossil that pushes back a fork in its family tree by 10 million years, according to a new study. A team from USC Dornsife found the fossil — Eotiaris guadalupensis — in…

Morteza Dehghani and a team of psychology researchers and computer scientists at USC Dornsife have developed a new text analysis software program for social scientists.

A TACIT Understanding

November 3, 2015

According to a 2015 Global Web Index report, today’s average adult spends 6.15 hours a day online. More than a quarter of this time is spent on social networking sites. Life in the digital age means an abundance —…

Health care stereotype threat stemming from commonly held beliefs about unhealthy lifestyle choices can jeopardize care outcomes, according to a study by Cleopatra Abdou of psychology.

Health Care Stereotype Threat

October 30, 2015

Warning: Stereotypes may be harmful to patients’ health. A national study led by USC Dornsife’s Cleopatra Abdou found that people who encountered the threat of being judged by negative stereotypes related to…

The emotion of gratitude is important in social behavior, according to the study’s senior author. Photo courtesy of iStock.

Tracking Gratitude

October 20, 2015

Neuroscientists have mapped how the human brain experiences gratitude with help from an unexpected resource: the testimonies of Holocaust survivors. “In the midst of this awful tragedy, there were many acts of bravery…

Scientists in Training

October 15, 2015

A self portrait of Alphonse Bertillon, an archivist at the Paris Préfecture of Police who was influential in the development of biometrics. Image courtesy of the Getty Research Institute.

Atlas Fever

October 14, 2015

When Special Collections staff at the Getty Research Institute (GRI) in Los Angeles brought out a number of fascinating objects from its archives to show a group of USC doctoral students this summer, Simon Judkins’…

NASA scientists recently announced data suggesting that there may be liquid water on Mars. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Shining Light on Mars

October 6, 2015

The red planet made a splash in the media this past week, due to the combined efforts of Ridley Scott’s film The Martian and NASA’s announcement of new evidence for the existence of water flowing on the surface of…

The new Ph.D. program will capitalize on the world-leading faculty expertise in population, place and health that already exists at USC.

Population, Health and Place

September 29, 2015

Physician John Snow’s use of a map to discover the contaminated water source that spawned the deadly 1854 cholera outbreak in the neighborhood of Soho in London, England, is widely recognized as one of the earliest…

The USC Dornsife Preceptor Program gives its recent Ph.D. graduates teaching experience as they seek tenure-track positions. English Ph.D. Alex Young is pictured here teaching undergraduates. Photos by Matt Meindl.

Teaching to Learn

September 16, 2015

In 1905, Woodrow Wilson, then president of Princeton University, introduced the preceptorial method — a style of learning wherein small groups of students meet regularly with a faculty member for more intimate learning…