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Volunteers might become more effective by spending the same amount of time as activists pressuring politicians to change policies, says Professor of Sociology Nina Eliasoph in her new book, <em>The Politics of Volunteering</em>. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Volunteering Vs. Activism

January 24, 2014

Volunteering is considered almost sacred in modern society. But in her book The Politics of Volunteering (Polity Press, 2013) Nina Eliasoph, professor of sociology at USC Dornsife, says that along with the good, volunteers and…

University Professor Michael Waterman, recipient of the 2013 People’s Republic of China Friendship Award, has been elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences in recognition of his scientific and educational contributions in China.

Pacific Rim Professor

January 22, 2014

After winning the 2013 People’s Republic of China Friendship Award last Fall, University Professor Michael Waterman has been elected a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The USC Dornsife professor of biological…

Tom Lyon wins the 2014 Provost's Mentoring Award for his commitment to helping students and younger faculty succeed in their own research and professional development. Photo by Mikel Healey.

Lyon Earns Provost’s Mentoring Award

January 21, 2014

Walk into the offices of most professors and you’re in a room lined with bookshelves stacked ceiling to floor. Not so in the office of Tom Lyon, holder of the Judge Edward J. and Ruey L. Guirado Chair in Law and…

An overpass that collapsed on Highway 10 (now SR 42) in the Northridge/Reseda area at the epicenter of the earthquake in 1994. Since the quake, the Southern California Earthquake Center, based at USC Dornsife, has created a clearer picture of earthquake risks faced by regions throughout Southern California.

Strides in Earthquake Science

January 17, 2014

Twenty years ago, a fault that scientists didn’t even know existed slipped, triggering a massive 6.7 magnitude earthquake centered beneath the San Fernando Valley, with shockwaves rippling throughout the greater Los…

Lois Banner, retiring professor of history and gender studies who wrote a book about Marilyn Monroe, holds up Monroe's favorite photo of herself by Cecil Beaton and an original oil painting belonging to Monroe by Parisian artist Poucette titled "La Toureau" (the Bull). Photo by Susan Andrews.

A Banner Day

January 16, 2014

As a young professor in the 1960s, Lois Banner was moved by history. She had no idea at the time that she would play such a vital part in it. With ambitions to push forward the nascent field of women’s history, she…

The 190,000-square-foot USC Michelson Center will stand in the southwest quadrant of the University Park campus, home to most of the science and engineering buildings.

$50 Million Gift Funds Convergent Bioscience

January 13, 2014

Gary K. Michelson, retired orthopaedic spinal surgeon whose groundbreaking work generated more than 955 issued or pending patents worldwide, has donated $50 million to USC to fund the USC Michelson Center for Convergent…

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of USC Dornsife emphasized the importance of getting the public interested in the sciences: "We do this work ultimately so that it can benefit society." Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Engaging Professor

January 8, 2014

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of USC Dornsife’ Brain and Creativity Institute has received the 2013 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Early Career Award for Public Engagement With Science and…

Valter Longo, professor of biological sciences at USC Dornsife with a joint appointment at the USC Davis School of Gerontology, researches genes that control aging. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Rock of Ages

January 8, 2014

Growing up in Genoa, Italy, Valter Longo spent countless hours emulating the guitar style of Jimi Hendrix. At 16, he moved to Chicago to take jazz guitar lessons before heading to the University of North Texas to continue his…

USC Dornsife's Percival Everett wins a $25,000 National Endowment for the Arts creative writing grant, which he will use to fund his research in the Mediterranean for his next book. Photo by Philip Channing.

Percival Everett Awarded NEA Grant

January 7, 2014

Percival Everett, Distinguished Professor of English at USC Dornsife, has been awarded a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) creative writing fellowship. Everett is one of 38 authors, including nine Californians,…

The USC Dornsife research team will study octopus behavior in the wild and in captivity at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island.

Octopus Got Your Tongue?

January 6, 2014

It’s an unusual coupling: A linguist and a marine biologist are working together to investigate the human tongue. In their study, the USC Dornsife researchers are using two species of octopus and tiny worms that helped…