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USC Dornsife undergraduate Jordan Vieira earned first prize in the social sciences category during the 13th annual USC Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work. Photo by Heather Cartagena.

Drumming Up Winners

April 29, 2011

It was the sound of women’s hands pounding on makeshift drums — pum-pum-pum-pum — from overturned washing basins that first caught Jordan Vieira’s attention. Back home in California he began exploring…

USC Dornsife's Meghan Miller of earth sciences explains her discovery of active delamination beneath the Earth in the Colorado Plateau — research featured today in <em>Nature</em>. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson

Peeling off the Layers

April 27, 2011

For the first time, an active delamination of continental lithosphere has been found beneath the Colorado Plateau. Meghan Miller, assistant professor of earth sciences in USC Dornsife, and her team’s discovery is…

Carol Muske-Dukes, professor of English and creative writing in USC Dornsife and California’s poet laureate, will read from <em>Twin Cities</em>, her eighth book of poetry, and other work during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday, April 30. Muske-Dukes photo by Carlos Puma.

A Soul Divided

April 25, 2011

In an excerpt from her poem “Twin Cities II,” Carol Muske-Dukes writes: A single Mind, forever unable to refuse its overstatement: bloodOn snow, the gnawed bars of the trap, crack after crack In the courthouse…

Faculty Notes

April 24, 2011

Aimee Bender, associate professor of English, won the 2010 SoCal Independent Booksellers Association Award in Fiction for her latest novel, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (Random House, 2010). Yehuda Ben-Zion, professor…

May Berenbaum won the 2011 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, administered by USC Dornsife. Berenbaum was honored for her work on the co-evolutionary arms race between plants and the insects that eat them, and for helping to pass a bill addressing the disappearance of honey bees. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Postcards from the Edge of a Leaf

April 22, 2011

Entomologist May Berenbaum is bugged by Rep. Joe Baca. Seeking to forever squash the Delhi sands flower-loving fly, the congressman for California’s 43rd district is pushing for a bill that would amend the federal…

Holocaust survivor Renée Firestone in the film <em>The Last Days</em>. The USC Shoah Foundation Institute has partnered with Comcast to release this documentary film and nine others in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Photo by Geoffrey Clifford.

Remembering Their Stories

April 18, 2011

Watching a visual testimony from a Holocaust survivor is a deeply moving, powerful and unforgettable experience. The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, based in USC Dornsife, maintains a historic…

<em>The Open Laboratory 2010</em>, which showcases the best science writing on the Web, is edited by Jason Goldman, a USC Dornsife doctoral student in developmental psychology.

Science Writing for Everyone

April 12, 2011

Do Japanese people have a special sushi-digestion gene? What are 10 things everyone must know about comets? Can giraffes swim? Inquiring minds from the Internet’s vibrant scientific online community want to know. The…

USC Dornsife's Abe Lowenthal recently interviewed Ecuador President Rafael Correa in Quito, part of Lowenthal's research for his forthcoming book with a working title, <em>Rethinking U.S.-Latin American Relations</em>. Photo courtesy of President Correa's office.

U.S. 'Historically Antagonistic' to Progressive Change in Latin America, Ecuador Chief Says

April 7, 2011

With one book just out and another expected next year about United States-Latin America relations, Abe Lowenthal has spent the past four years interviewing leaders of diverse perspectives south of the border. The professor of…

Doctoral candidate Beth Stauffer (left), research technician Alyssa  Gellene, and Astrid Schnetzer, assistant research professor, all of David Caron's laboratory use an EcoMapper to measure the oxygen level and other water data toward the end of the cleanup effort at King Harbor. Photo by Carl Oberg.

Nothing Fishy about Sardine Kill

April 4, 2011

The few million silvery sardines that recently went belly up at Redondo Beach have been removed and the rotten egg smell has nearly dissipated. But the fish kill story at King Harbor is not over. “We’re going to…

An Accolade for History

An Accolade for History

March 31, 2011

The graduate program in history at USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences was ranked among the top 20 “Best Graduate History Programs in the U.S.” by Education-Portal.com. “Our…