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The jet stream over North America. Photo courtesy of NASA.gov.

5 Factors Affecting California’s Drought

May 27, 2015

What conditions and factors prompted our drought? Why has it persisted? Why are we running out of water? Five experts — from USC Dornsife, USC Viterbi School of Engineering and USC Price School of Public Policy —…

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Physics Howard Taylor teaching at USC in the mid-1970s. Photos courtesy of Leeza Taylor Reisig.

In Memoriam: Howard Taylor, 79

May 22, 2015

Howard Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Physics at USC Dornsife, has died. He was 79. Taylor died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and family on May 17. “Howard Taylor was a brilliant…

Dictionary.com recently added dozens of new words to its database, including “slacktivism,” “lifehack” and “agender.”

Spread the Word

May 12, 2015

Edward Finegan, professor emeritus of linguistics and law, recently spoke with a medical doctor who teaches at the University of Georgia. In the course of their discussion, Finegan brought up the word “agender,”…

By shifting time metrics, we can motivate ourselves to accomplish goals. Photo by John Livzey.

Reining in Procrastination

May 6, 2015

Procrastination is the thief of time that derails New Year’s resolutions and delays saving for college or retirement, but researchers have found a way to collar it. The trick? Think of the future as now. “The…

Lynn Matteson served as an associate professor of art history from 1980 to 2003. Photo by Lynn P. Kirst.

In Memoriam: Lynn Matteson, 75

May 1, 2015

Lynn Matteson, professor emeritus of art history at USC Dornsife, has died. He was 75. Matteson died peacefully on April 21 in Santa Barbara, California, 17 years after receiving a successful liver transplant. An expert in…

Guggenheim Fellowships were awarded to 175 scholars, artists and scientists selected by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise from a group of more than 3,100 applicants.

USC Dornsife Faculty Receive Guggenheim Fellowships

April 30, 2015

Three USC Dornsife faculty members have been honored with prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships. Distinguished Professor of English Percival Everett, Vanessa Schwartz, professor of history and art history, and David Ulin,…

Professor Valery Fokin uses his innovative methodology as a chemist to assist biomedical researchers discover new diagnostics and treatments. Photo Courtesy of Valery Fokin.

USC Dornsife Recruits Leading ‘Click Chemist’

April 27, 2015

The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences has recruited leading chemist Valery Fokin to join its faculty. He will begin in the Department of Chemistry this Fall. “I am thrilled to have yet another stellar…

Known for his creative and visionary research on crime and schizophrenia, Sarnoff Mednick was a trailblazer who was not afraid of controversy. Photo courtesy of Laura Baker.

In Memoriam: Sarnoff Mednick, 87

April 23, 2015

Sarnoff Mednick, professor emeritus of psychology at USC Dornsife, has died. He was 87. Mednick died on April 10 in Toledo, Ohio. He suffered from Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Mednick was the first scientist to…

Eric Webb, associate professor of biological sciences and corresponding author of a study on this finding. Photo courtesy of Eric Webb.

Enigmatic Organism

April 23, 2015

Scientists have found something they can’t quite explain in one of the most barren environments on Earth: a bacterium whose DNA sequence contains elements usually only found in a much higher organism. Trichodesmium is a…

David Kang, professor of international relations and business, mentors students. Photo by Meiko Takechi Arquillos.

USC Mellon Mentoring Awards Recognize Faculty

April 17, 2015

Eleven USC Dornsife faculty members received USC Mellon Mentoring Awards recognizing faculty who exemplify the best in mentoring activities and programs, creating environments that further the academic success of students and…