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Jeb Barnes, associate professor of political science in USC Dornsife and a Dornsife Faculty Fellow, discusses congressional efforts to reform asbestos litigation in his new book, Dust-Up: Asbestos Litigation and the Failure of Commonsense Policy Reform (Georgetown University Press, 2011). Barnes photo by Alexandra Bissonnette.

What Lies Beneath the Asbestos Crisis

January 23, 2012

When thousands of workers filed lawsuits against employers in search of asbestos injury compensation, Congress planned to create a national social insurance program for asbestos claims but failed. A new book written by USC…

Oskar Schindler (second from right) puts a face on good human conduct, a theme explored in Glenn Fox's research on gratitude. The research of USC Dornsife's Fox has earned him an award from the Oskar Schindler Humanities Foundation. Schinder, who outwitted Hitler and the Nazis to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other during World War II, is pictured here in Munich, Germany in 1946 with some of the people he rescued. Copyright © United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C./Leopold Page Photographic Collection.

From the Bottom of My Heart

January 20, 2012

Put yourself in the position of a Jew during World War II who escapes to France penniless and is forced to beg on the streets. A passerby gives you roasted peanuts — your first morsel of food in several days. You are…

USC Dornsife's Bosco S. Tjan (above) and USC graduate student Anirvan S. Nandy theorized in a new paper that peripheral vision is hindered by the visual experience formed in the brain during eye movements. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

USC Scientists Keep Their Eyes on Peripheral Vision

January 19, 2012

Two USC scientists are bringing peripheral vision into focus, showing that the way the brain sharpens its attention while the eyes are in motion leads to false assumptions about how objects should look. The eye’s…

From left, corresponding authors Alain Goeppert, George Olah and G. K. Surya Prakash collaborated on the project with other USC researchers. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Material Cleans Carbon Dioxide from the Air

January 19, 2012

A team of USC scientists has developed an easy-to-make material that can scrub large amounts of carbon dioxide from the air. One day in the future, large artificial trees made from the material could be used to lower the…

Valencia, Spain was home to a group of USC students this summer when they visited the country during the inaugural Valencia Summer Program offered by USC Dornsife’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese and School of International Relations.

A Romance Language Perfected

January 9, 2012

Inside a Taper Hall classroom, USC Dornsife senior Bridget McDonald chatted with classmates, effortlessly transitioning from English to Spanish. The Pasadena, Calif., native’s confidence faltered, however, when native…

Understanding the structure of the human genome is critical to understanding its function as a whole, according to USC Dornsife’s Lin Chen.

Scientists Create First 3-D Map of Human Genome

January 3, 2012

For the first time, scientists have developed a method for generating accurate three-dimensional models of the entire DNA strand of a cell, known as a genome. The genome plays a central role in the functions of almost all…

Daniel Lidar, a professor of chemistry in USC Dornsife with a joint appointment in USC Viterbi, serves as the scientific and technical director of the recently founded USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center. Photo by Ziva Santop/Steve Cohn Photography.

A Quantum Leap in Computing

January 3, 2012

When American physicist Richard Feynman in 1982 proposed creating a quantum computer that could solve complex problems, the idea was merely a theory scientists believed was far off in the future. A few decades later, USC…

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected as fellows USC Dornsife's Donal Manahan, professor of biological sciences and vice dean of students; Anthony Michaels, professor of biological sciences; and Mathew McCubbins, provost professor of business, law and political economy. Manahan photo by Jie Gu; Michaels photo by Phil Channing, McCubbins photo courtesy of Mathew McCubbins.

Three USC Dornsife Professors Elected as AAAS Fellows

December 23, 2011

Three USC Dornsife professors have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), recognizing their contributions to science and technology. AAAS — known colloquially as…

A recent study conducted by Amon Emeka and Jody Agius Vallejo, assistant professors of sociology in USC Dornsife, explores why many people with Latin American ancestry do not choose a Latino ethnic identification on U.S. Census surveys. The paper was published in the November 2011 issue of Social Science Research. Photos courtesy of Amon Emeka and Jody Agius Vallejo.

Racial Identity Is Changing Among Latinos

December 23, 2011

Some first, second, and later generation Latinos in the United States are not identifying ethnically as Latino as they integrate into the fabric of American society, a recent USC Dornsife study found. On the American Community…

USC Dornsife's Karen Tongson is the author of the new book <em>Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries</em>.

USC Professor Rethinks Suburban Life in New Book

December 19, 2011

USC professor Karen Tongson likes to point out that “queer life happens everywhere.” Even in the suburbs. In the course of researching her new book, Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries (New York University…