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David Kang is director of the Korean Studies Institute and professor of international relations and business. Photo courtesy David Kang.

It’s a First for David Kang and USC

April 20, 2009

The Strategic Initiative for Korean Studies (SIKS) has awarded funding for new projects in 2009 and has selected David Kang, director of the Korean Studies Institute (KSI) and professor of international relations and business…

T.C. Boyle, author of "World’s End," "The Tortilla Curtain" and most recently, "The Women," has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Wit Gets Its Due

April 16, 2009

The hours of early-morning writing, the meticulous construction of his characters' psyches and the unmitigated need to research, chronicle and give contemporary America a good dose of wry wit, have again paid off for writer…

Jeri Chase Ferris and Oleg Minine stand next to a handmade hooked rug of poet and playwright Vladimir Mayakovsky, which Ferris and her late husband bought from an elderly woman standing in the snow in Izmailova. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

From Russia With Love

April 15, 2009

Opening in 1926, the historic Shrine Auditorium Building with its Moroccan architecture and golden dome cupolas has been most famously a venue for the Oscars. Now it's a venue for scholarly research. The Institute of Modern…

Black Holes: Eternal Prisons No More

Black Holes: Eternal Prisons No More

March 13, 2009

If you ever fall into a black hole, don't give up. There is a way out! Celebrated physicist, Stephen Hawking, delivered an inspiring speech to a full house in Bovard Auditorium on March 10. USC College Dean Howard Gillman…

Don Miller, executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture within USC College.

Pentecostalism's Los Angeles Roots Go Global

March 2, 2009

While in Manila having dinner, Don Miller engaged in a conversation that sparked an idea that would take him and Tetsunao Yamamori (of Food for the Hungry, an international aid organization) to 20 countries in the global…

Team leader and USC College scientist Katrina Edwards. Photo credit Philip Channing

Iron From the Deep May Feed Oceans

February 9, 2009

Iron dust, the gold of the oceans and rarest nutrient for most marine life, can be washed down by rivers or blown out to sea or — a surprising new study finds — float up from the sea floor. The…

George Olah Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

George Olah Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

February 6, 2009

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has elected 65 new members and nine foreign associates. Among these distinguished individuals is George Olah, USC College Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Engineering and…

Antonio Damasio Featured in Discover Magazine

Antonio Damasio Featured in Discover Magazine

January 28, 2009

Antonio Damasio, holder of the David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and professor of psychology and neurology in USC College, was featured in an article titled "Speed Freaks," which appeared in Discover Magazine's special…

Renaissance Capitalist

Renaissance Capitalist

January 21, 2009

In popular legend, Lucrezia Borgia, Duchess of Ferrara (1480-1519), stands falsely accused of poisoning her second husband. Victor Hugo portrayed her in thinly veiled fiction as a tragic femme fatale. Buffalo Bill named his…

Deep Down, Life Thrives

Deep Down, Life Thrives

May 1, 2008

Once considered a barren plain with an odd hydrothermal vent, the seafloor appears to be teeming with microbial life, according to a paper to be published in Nature. “A 60,000-kilometer seam of basalt is exposed along…