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Brothers Aldo, Adrian and Alex Trinidad, from left, with their mother Rosario. Photo by Will Chiang.

Transfer student moves from LA Trade Tech to a Ph.D. program at USC

May 11, 2016

It was a small token, handed out to neighborhood third-graders visiting the University Park Campus two decades ago. A simple bookmark with a photograph of Tommy Trojan and “Norman Topping Student Aid Fund” printed…

Prince performs an iconic set in pouring rain during half-time for Super Bowl XLI at Dolphin Stadium on February 4, 2007, in Miami. Photo by Anthony Correia.

Remembering Prince, virtuoso and provocateur

April 25, 2016

Dearly beloved We are gathered here today To get through this thing called life So begins Prince’s song “Let’s Go Crazy,” which opens the 1984 film Purple Rain. The movie, in which he starred as famed…

Viet Thanh Nguyen garnered a prestigious 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with his debut novel ‘The Sympathizer.’ Photo by Matt Meindl.

USC Dornsife’s Viet Thanh Nguyen wins Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

April 18, 2016

The 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, one of America’s most prestigious literary honors, has been awarded to Viet Thanh Nguyen, associate professor of English and American studies and ethnicity at USC Dornsife. Nguyen won…

Frontline Scholar: Manuel

Frontline Scholar: Manuel

March 22, 2016

Manuel Pastor, Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change and professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, grew up at the tail end of the 1960s, the son of an immigrant parent. The influences of his…

Clifford Johnson, professor of physics and astronomy, is using graphic novel storytelling to explain the nature of the universe. The process, shown above, begins with rough work as depicted in blue on the bottom and develops into a detailed finished sequence as shown on top. Image courtesy of Clifford Johnson.

A physicist gets graphic about the nature of the universe

January 15, 2016

Clifford Johnson is a champion of making the sciences accessible to all.  When he’s not teaching at USC or working on his research, the USC Dornsife professor of physics and astronomy lectures, blogs and even…

Emily Liman: Sparkling Study

Neurobiology scientists discover new mechanism for detecting sour taste

January 4, 2016

Researchers have discovered a new way that taste cells detect sourness, a sensation that is linked to acidity. Of the five basic tastes, sour remains the most mysterious — to the point that the tongue’s sour…

The nuclear membrane previously was thought to be mostly just a protective bubble around the nuclear material. Illustration by Taeyhun Ryu, Brett Spatola, Laetitia Delebaere and Irene Chiolo.

Nuclear membrane repairs the ‘dark matter’ of DNA

November 30, 2015

Scientists have found a new function of the nuclear membrane, the envelope that encases and protects DNA in the nucleus of a cell — it fixes potentially fatal breaks in DNA strands. The nuclear membrane previously was…

Welcome New Faculty

September 23, 2015

USC Dornsife welcomes 17 new faculty members for the 2015-16 academic year. Hailing from universities around the world, their experience and academic research span a wide range of disciplines. The new faculty members join…

USC Dornsife scientists created a mutant form of yeast that fails to completely duplicate its DNA before dividing, yet still survives.

Zombie Cells

August 6, 2015

When cells divide normally, they duplicate their DNA so that each of the two new cells has a full and complete copy of the original genetic message.  But some cells don’t play by the rules — and the results…

Poet Claudia Rankine is known for her commitment to social justice. Photo by John Lucas.

Claudia Rankine Joins English Department

July 6, 2015

USC Dornsife has recruited renowned American poet Claudia Rankine as Aerol Arnold Chair of English. She will teach a wide variety of literature and creative writing courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level starting…