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In February 2014, USC opened a Census Research Data Center (RDC) on the University Park campus, a specialized venue where researchers can access non-public Census Bureau data.

Rare Access to Census Data

April 23, 2014

Seeking economic and demographic data for her sociology research, Rachelle Wang knows the value of restricted information from the U.S. Census Bureau. “Up-to-date quantitative and qualitative data is imperative for my…

An inspirational teacher who touched many lives during his 47 years at USC Dornsife, Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences Arnold Dunn is pictured here in his laboratory in 1987. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Arnold Dunn, 85

April 23, 2014

Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences Arnold Dunn, who taught at USC Dornsife for 47 years and served as president of the USC Faculty Senate and as associate dean of the USC Graduate School, has died. He was 85. Dunn died…

Alexander Zholkovsky (left) received the 2013 Russian Italian literary-critical “Bella” award for his essay "Poetics at the Tea Table." Marcus Levitt (right) took home the 2013 Marc Raeff Book Prize for his book <em>The Visual Dominant in Eighteenth-Century Russia</em>. Zholkovsky photo by Marianna Volkova. Levitt photo courtesy of Levitt.

Writing on Russia

April 21, 2014

Marcus Levitt and Alexander Zholkovsky, professors in the USC Dornsife Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, have been honored for their exceptional scholarship. Levitt, professor of Slavic languages and…

From left: Casey Donovan, professor of biological sciences; post-doctoral scholars and lead authors MaryAnn Bohland-Matveyenko and Anne Jokiaho; and Alan Watts, professor of neurobiology. The research team's work on how the body detects hypoglycemia could have far reaching implications for the development of insulin therapies to treat diabetes. Photo courtesy of Casey Donovan.

The Diabetes Detectives

April 17, 2014

To the casual observer, the 14-year-old kicking a ball around in the park with his friends looked like he had energy to burn. But the boy has Type 1 diabetes, a chronic debilitating autoimmune disorder that commonly manifests…

Spatial Sciences Institute Director John Wilson’s 2014 University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) fellowship recognizes his extraordinary achievements in his field. Photo by Laurie Moore.

Wilson Receives Top GIS Honor

April 17, 2014

USC Dornsife’s John Wilson, director of the Spatial Sciences Institute, has been named a 2014 University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Fellow, joining a group of the most esteemed scholars in the…

USC Dornsife's Susan Forsburg, who conducts cancer research using fission yeast cells, earns a fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM). Photo by Eric O’Connell.

Forsburg Earns New Fellowship

April 15, 2014

Susan Forsburg, professor of biological sciences at USC Dornsife, has been elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) for her scientific achievement and outstanding and original contributions to the…

USC Dornsife’s David Bottjer (right) receives the 2014 Moore Medal for Excellence in Paleontology from Evan Franseen, president of the Society for Sedimentary Geology, during a ceremony in Houston, Texas, April 8. Photo by Gary Barchfeld.

Bottjer Earns Top Paleontology Award

April 15, 2014

Recognized for his outstanding contributions to the fields of paleobiology and paleoecology, USC Dornsife’s David Bottjer has earned a prestigious award from the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), an international,…

As many as 150,000 guests attended the 19th annual <em>Los Angeles Times</em> Festival of Books held at USC April 11 and 12. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Music, Spirit and Truth

April 14, 2014

It’s that same pang of longing you feel after reading the last word in a great novel. You don’t want to close the book. The two-day Los Angeles Times Festival of Books celebrated creativity and the written word on…

Brian Bernards, assistant professor of East Asian languages and cultures at USC Dornsife, was invited to speak to DreamWorks Animation staff about Chinese cinema and culture. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Cultural Translator

April 10, 2014

In fourth-century China, the clever daughter of a literati family disguises herself as a boy so she can attend school and study the Confucian classics. There she falls in love with a young man. Trying to convince him she has…

USC Dornsife’s Sonya Lee, an expert on ancient cave temples and researcher in the emerging field of eco-art history, has been awarded a three-year Mellon New Directions Fellowship to pursue specialized heritage conservation training.

Finding Light in a Cave

April 8, 2014

Sonya Lee became interested in cave temples in China when she was a teenager and has studied them extensively. Lee analyzes the architecture and artifacts found at these sites, many of which are more than a thousand years…