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Lyn Boyd Judson, director of the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, housed in USC College, contemplates the sculpture, "Life," created by Junxian Poon. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

The Art of Ethics

January 27, 2010

Go ahead, gripe. It's not against the law or anything. But have you considered your negativity's impact on others? Constant exposure to a Debbie Downer or Bob Bummer can be like inhaling second hand smoke. It's repugnant, but…

Distinguished Professor of English Percival Everett. Photo credit Philip Channing. Story printed with permission from the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>.

In & Out of Fiction

January 27, 2010

Percival Everett doesn’t spend a lot of time considering his body of work. Instead, says the 52-year-old author, whose new novel I Am Not Sidney Poitier (Graywolf, 2009) came out in June, “I think about writing one…

Faculty Notes

January 25, 2010

Alber Named 2009 Pew Scholar Frank Alber, assistant professor of biological sciences, will get closer to determining the architecture of a macromolecular machine after being named a 2009 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical…

Sergey Nuzhdin and his co-researchers focused on Arabidopsis Lyrata in their paper about how plants survive in marginal soil environments. Photo credit William Cullina, <a href="http://www.williamcullina.com/"> www.williamcullina.com</a>.

Surviving Serpentine Soil

January 25, 2010

Recently published in Nature Genetics, a paper by Sergey Nuzhdin, alumnus Tom Turner, and their co-researchers reveals how plants survive in marginal soil environments. Nuzhdin, professor of molecular biology in USC College,…

John Treleaven as Siegfried and Linda Watson as Brünnhilde in "Siegfried." Photo by Monika Rittershaus, courtesy of LA Opera.

Reveling in the Ring

January 15, 2010

Every Saturday afternoon a 9-year-old boy plunks down next to his father and together they listen. The radio dial properly adjusted, a broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera's production of Puccini's La Bohème begins. A…

The Amazon River outflow extends thousands of kilometers into the Atlantic Ocean.

Support Hiked for Amazon River Study

January 14, 2010

An enormous plume of freshwater leaves the Amazon River and spreads across the tropical Atlantic Ocean, setting the stage for the symbiosis of some bacteria and algae on a scale that appears to subtly influence the climate of…

<em>American Quarterly</em>'s September 2008 Special Issue on migration earned a top award by a national organization of editors of scholarly journals. <em>American Quarterly</em> is headquartered in USC College's Department of American Studies and Ethnicity.

After Ellis Island

January 11, 2010

Mexicans seeking U.S. citizenship often view the interview process as arbitrary, and say Latino officers who administer the tests are usually the toughest, USC College Ph.D. student Adrian Felix wrote in an essay. Felix's…

María Elena Martínez’s book, which traces the purity of blood concept from 15th century Spain to the New World, has won two major awards from the American Historical Association. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Tracing the Roots of Discrimination

January 6, 2010

Maria Elena Martinez's book, Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico (Stanford University Press, 2008), the first in-depth study of the purity of blood concept and repercussions, has…

Allen Azizian’s award will allow him to spend a year in Armenia studying cognitive deficits in patients with schizophrenia.

USC College's Allen Azizian Named Fulbright Scholar

January 4, 2010

Allen Azizian, adjunct assistant professor of psychology in USC College, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar for 2009-10. One of three USC faculty members to receive this prestigious award, Azizian will spend a year in…

<em>Avatar</em> director James Cameron on the set of the film. Photo credit Mark Fellman, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

A World All Their Own

December 23, 2009

Filmmakers are storytellers, but they are also architects and anthropologists. They must create whole worlds in which their stories can unfold. And the worlds they create must be coherent and believable, be they a…