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The 190,000-square-foot USC Michelson Center will stand in the southwest quadrant of the University Park campus, home to most of the science and engineering buildings.

$50 Million Gift Funds Convergent Bioscience

January 13, 2014

Gary K. Michelson, retired orthopaedic spinal surgeon whose groundbreaking work generated more than 955 issued or pending patents worldwide, has donated $50 million to USC to fund the USC Michelson Center for Convergent…

In a recent ceremony in Dublin, Ireland, Councillor Oisín Quinn, Lord Mayor of Dublin, presents USC Dornsife’s Moeka Komachi with the Highly Commended Undergraduate Award for her paper recommending ways to improve education for dyslexic students in Hong Kong. Photo courtesy of the Undergraduate Awards.

Improving the Human Experience

January 7, 2014

Moeka Komachi has been interested in the way the mind works since her high school days in Hong Kong. As a teenager, she began her inquiry when she selected psychology as her concentration for an International Baccalaureate…

Romanticizing the violence of the 19th century American frontiersman as a route to individual freedom is dangerous, USC Dornsife doctoral student Alex Young warns in a prize-winning paper. Doing so can serve as a justification for violent and racist politics, he said.

A New Frontier

December 13, 2013

In Quentin Tarantino’s blood-spattered film Django Unchained, set in pre-Civil War America, the eponymous hero is a black slave who has suffered brutal treatment at the hands of his murderous former owners, the Brittle…

In Cairo, Egypt, USC Dornsife undergraduates studying religion and democracy braved temperatures of nearly 120 degrees Fahrenheit to visit the Great Pyramid of Giza. They are shown here at stone blocks of the pyramid's base. Photo by Steven Weier.

Major Gift to Support Scholarships

December 10, 2013

A new $20 million gift from anonymous donors will endow student support at USC Dornsife, the USC School of Social Work and the USC Marshall School of Business. This is one of the largest individual gifts for student support in…

In 1959, USC’s president named Robert Dockson, at age 41, dean of the then-USC School of Commerce. Dockson earned his bachelor's and Ph.D. at USC Dornsife and donated generously to USC. Here, Dockson advises at USC. Photo courtesy of USC Marshall School of Business.

In Memoriam: Robert Dockson

December 4, 2013

Robert R. Dockson, among the most distinguished graduates of USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations and a generous USC benefactor, has died. He was 96. Dockson died Nov. 26 at his Los Angeles home, surrounded…

In 2013, Assistant Professor of Computational Biology Remo Rohs published 10 studies related to his research on protein-DNA recognition. Three recent articles received prestigious awards and include Rohs’ graduate students as first- and co-authors. Photo by John Livzey.

A Trio of Awards

December 4, 2013

A pathbreaking researcher, Remo Rohs is being noticed in big ways. In 2013, the assistant professor of computational biology at USC Dornsife published 10 studies related to his research on protein-DNA recognition. Now, three…

The newest fossil had a broad forehead similar to snow leopards and its front teeth were heavily worn. It was small for a big cat — probably about the size of a clouded leopard, a cat found in the rainforests of Southeast Asia that can grow to 50 pounds. Illustration by Mauricio Antón.

Research With a Roar

December 3, 2013

The oldest big cat fossil ever found — which fills in a significant gap in the fossil record — has been unearthed on a paleontological dig in Tibet, scientists announced. A skull from the new species, named…

Professor of Earth Sciences Thorsten Becker has been awarded a 2013 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. He will use the award to continue his research on the dynamics of earthquake faults in Potsdam, Germany. Photo by Michelle Boston.

Finding Fault

November 20, 2013

Thorsten Becker, professor of earth sciences, has won a 2013 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award will support his continued research in Potsdam, Germany, on the…

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Arieh Warshel’s journey to winning the Nobel Prize has been an intriguing one — from his birth on a kibbutz in Israel to his time at the University of Cambridge, England, where he published his seminal work, to his revolutionary research at USC Dornsife. Photo by Max S. Gerber.

A Nobel Victory

November 13, 2013

Fate was sealed after an off-the-cuff remark by Eliezer Finkman. Entering Technion ­– Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, a young Arieh Warshel asked his friend Finkman what he should study. “Chemistry…

Whether in the laboratory, on land or under water, students at the USC Wrigley Institute investigate ways to address environmental challenges. Photos by Corey Arnold.

Treasure Island

November 13, 2013

From a helicopter circling above Catalina Island, one might see gorgeous, bathing suit-clad couples sipping mimosas on yachts with names like Been There, Done That. But when the helicopter swoops past Avalon Bay, beyond the…