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USC Dornsife’s Jacob Soll told those attending the Linda and Harlan Martens Economic History Forum that early modern economic history can help us understand and make sense of the biggest problems facing us today. Photos by Matt Meindl.

Money Talks

February 24, 2015

In 1778, British Whig politician and statesman Edmund Burke flung the estimates of his country’s Naval expenditures — the so-called “Naval Extraordinaries” —  across the floor of the House of…

<em>Konotegashiwa</em> (“A Two-Sided Leaf,” printed in Edo, 1836) by Keisai Eisen.

Woodblocks and Magnolia Oil

February 23, 2015

A 19th-century Japanese printer lays a sheet of prepared paper finished side up on an un-inked wooden block into which an intricate pattern has been cut in relief. He uses a baren — a composite “pad”…

Professor of Chemistry Vadim Cherezov and his team focused on a molecule that is structurally similar to the body’s natural ligands. Photo by Ryan Young.

Unlocking Pain Relief

February 20, 2015

“If you know how the binding physically works, you can design molecules to target the specific receptor sites and generate specific responses,” said Vadim Cherezov, professor of chemistry at USC Dornsife and…

David St. John, professor of English and comparative literature at USC Dornsife. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Showcasing Words and Music

February 20, 2015

The Provost’s Writers Series, designed to highlight extraordinary USC authors, will take a musical turn on Feb. 25 when poet David St. John reads from and discusses his work. Created by former USC Provost and incoming…

Self-proclaimed visionary Maria Paula Acuña holds a Polaroid photograph taken by a follower purporting to show proof of the presence of the Virgin Mary. Photo by Matt Gainer.

Looking the Wrong Way

February 20, 2015

Standing amid the desolate beauty of the California desert, hundreds of people raise instamatic cameras to snap pictures of a cloudless, cerulean sky. Others drop to their knees beside their cars and pick-up trucks, yet more…

USC hosts a “Health and Wellbeing” conference to honor the opening of Dr. Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall, an interdisciplinary social sciences building on the University Park campus.

On Our Best Behavior

February 20, 2015

Doctors may be more likely to prescribe antibiotics inappropriately right before lunch, when they are hungry — or just before the end of the day, when they are tired, said Jason Doctor, associate professor of clinical…

Japan, Spies and the Roman Empire

Japan, Spies and the Roman Empire

February 17, 2015

Research into a Hollywood-based Jewish spy ring is one of three USC Dornsife faculty research projects that have been honored with a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant for the academic year 2015 to 2016. Steven…

Lincoln's Body by Richard Fox

Grotesque Yet Beloved

February 13, 2015

Speaking to an 1856 convention of newspaper editors in Decatur, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, never at a loss for a humorous quip or story, told this amusing tale. While riding a horse through the woods, a man Lincoln described…

University Professor Michael Waterman’s pioneering convergent approach to computational biology has won him international recognition. Photo courtesy of Michael Waterman.

Waterman Awarded Prestigious Dan David Prize

February 11, 2015

USC Dornsife’s Michael Waterman has been awarded the internationally renowned Dan David Prize, it was announced on Feb. 10. Widely regarded as the founding father of computational biology, Waterman, University Professor…

Manuel Pastor (seated) is presented with a chair bearing the university seal. From left: Michael Quick, interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Patricia and Gerald Turpanjian, the chair’s donors; and Steve Kay, dean of USC Dornsife. Photos by Steve Cohn.

The People’s Academic

February 9, 2015

At a ceremony honoring his installation as the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change, Professor Manuel Pastor made three pledges for how he will serve the USC — and greater Los…