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Singapore served as the host country for a recent conference on economics.

Behavioral Economics in Singapore

July 23, 2015

Members of the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) are in a long-distance relationship with Singapore. This summer on the island nation, the center and several other organizations held “Frontiers…

Graduate student Melina Butuci and Matthew Michael, professor of biological sciences, study genome instability in primordial germ cells using special fluorescent dyes to help them visualize damage to DNA. Photo courtesy of Melina Butuci.

Germ Cell Genomics Discovery

July 23, 2015

The environment within a cell is a paradoxical balance of order and chaos. Proteins, DNA and countless other biological molecules tumble together in a wildly turbulent system that somehow holds together to engender life. In…

Associate Professor of Political Science Jeb Barnes. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

How Policy Shapes Politics

July 21, 2015

Jeb Barnes, associate professor of political science, recently co-authored How Policy Shapes Politics: Rights, Courts, Litigation, and the Struggle Over Injury Compensation. The book delves into the nation’s increasing…

A landmark agreement struck Tuesday may reinvigorate relations between western nations and Iran, though USC experts Jacques Hymans and Josh Lockman caution that much work remains.

USC Experts on Iran Nuclear Deal

July 15, 2015

The historic accord with Iran announced Tuesday would reportedly limit the nation’s nuclear ability in exchange for lifting international oil and financial sanctions. Experts from USC Dornsife and USC Gould School of Law…

The tiny fossil sponge was just 1.2 millimeters in width, seen here in a high-resolution scanning electron microscope image. Photo courtesy of Zongjun Yin/Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology.

Fossil Upsets Evolutionary Model

July 7, 2015

Researchers have unearthed a fossil of a sponge, no bigger than a grain of sand, that existed 60 million years earlier than many expected. This is the first time paleontologists have found a convincing fossil sponge specimen…

Poet Claudia Rankine is known for her commitment to social justice. Photo by John Lucas.

Claudia Rankine Joins English Department

July 6, 2015

USC Dornsife has recruited renowned American poet Claudia Rankine as Aerol Arnold Chair of English. She will teach a wide variety of literature and creative writing courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level starting…

Sharks may get all the attention, but there wouldn't be any without the microorganisms that USC Dornsife researchers study. USC photo illustration.

Shark Week Indebted to More Than Sharks

July 6, 2015

Between Shark Week on Discovery this week and SyFy’s upcoming Sharknado 3, sharks are getting plenty of love on TV this summer — but what about the little guys? “The small things are where it’s at in…

Suzanne Hudson, associate professor of art history at USC Dornsife, examines the staying power of painting as an art form in her new book, <em>Painting Now</em>. Photo courtesy of Suzanne Hudson.

Living Art

July 1, 2015

Art historian Suzanne Hudson can’t keep up with the tally, the number of invested observers — critics, curators and even artists themselves — who have come forward to whisper last rites. Sifting through…

Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences Basil Nafpaktitis taught at USC Dornsife from 1966-98. Photo courtesy of Mary Nafpaktitis.

In Memoriam: Basil Nafpaktitis, 85

July 1, 2015

Basil (Vasilis) George Nafpaktitis, Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences at USC Dornsife and at the University of Crete, has died. He was 85. Nafpaktitis died on May 24 in Charlottesville, Virginia, from complications…

Research by Norbert Schwarz has found that a fishy smell can boost our critical thinking. Photo courtesy of Norbert Schwarz.

The Smell of Suspicion

June 30, 2015

Around the world, from Lithuania to Lesotho, when anyone wants to describe something as suspicious they use a metaphor linked to smell.  And not a pleasant smell. In the English-speaking world we use the expression…