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Jacob Soll, professor of history who arrived Summer of 2012, has a joint appointment with the USC Leventhal School of Accounting. A MacArthur fellow in 2011 and Guggenheim fellow from 2009 to 2010, Soll was recruited from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Illustration by Bill Sanderson.

Hire Purpose: Jacob Soll

May 7, 2013

You’re at a dinner party and the vichyssoise is a mere memory, the smoked velouté of partridge is gone and you’re deep into the butterscotch budino. What’s the one subject that has not been broached?…

Anna Krakus became assistant professor of Slavic languages and literatures in Fall 2012. Interested in law and literature, she graduated from law school at Stockholm University before moving to New York to study literature as a Fulbright scholar.

Hire Purpose: Anna Krakus

May 7, 2013

As a 5-year-old growing up in Stockholm, Sweden, Anna Krakus learned English by watching The Sound of Music. “I became obsessed with the film,” said Krakus, who has Polish parents and spoke Swedish and Polish at…

Professor of Philosophy Gabriel Uzquiano arrived in Fall 2011 from Oxford University. Born in Majorca, Spain, he grew up in Tarragona. His expertise spans from philosophical logic and the philosophy of mathematics to metaphysics. Illustration by Bill Sanderson.

Hire Purpose: Gabriel Uzquiano

May 7, 2013

Countless have asked, but Gabriel Uzquiano sought to answer: How many angels can dance on the point of a needle? The question asks not what is the case, but rather what can be the case. Some philosophers take what can be the…

Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, contradicts David Buss' well-known study concluding that men and women differ in what they look for in a partner because they are wired differently. Wood said people choose mates based on what will be useful to them in their society. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Baby, I Love Your Way

May 6, 2013

If you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain, if you're not into yoga, if you have half a brain . . . The lyrics to this popular ’70s song make choosing a mate sound simple. But Wendy Wood knows…

Marine biologist David Caron examines data picked up by underwater robotic gliders: “Gliders help us wire the ocean, and with this constant surveillance, we are on the verge of being able to predict and mitigate [harmful] events." Photo by Max S. Gerber.

Robot Gliders Roam Seas

May 2, 2013

It was an unforgettable spring morning in 2011 when residents of King Harbor in Redondo Beach, Calif., awoke to find millions of dead anchovies, sardines and mackerel packed into the marina. The stench was strong enough to…

Marine microbial biodiversity expert Jed Fuhrman, McCulloch-Crosby Chair of Marine Biology and professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Photo by Corey Arnold.

Fuhrman Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 26, 2013

Jed Fuhrman, McCulloch-Crosby Chair of Marine Biology and professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Established in 1780, the academy is among the…

A student reads at the Hoose Library located in USC Dornsife's School of Philosophy. The School of Philosophy has jumped dramatically in the Philosophical Gourmet Report rankings. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Dishing up Gourmet Philosophy

April 24, 2013

“No department has improved more over the last decade than USC’s.” Which discipline could the speaker be describing? Economics? Video gaming? Immunology, or maybe stem cell medicine? All good guesses of top…

Readers of all ages enjoy presentations by novelists, poets, journalists, chefs, musicians and celebrities at the18th annual <em>Los Angeles Times Festival of Books</em> held April 20-21 at USC. Photo by Vanessa Preziose.

Worth Reading

April 23, 2013

At this year’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books held at USC, as many as 150,000 readers of various ages mingled with more than 500 authors. On April 20 and 21, authors, artists, chefs, musicians and celebrities…

USC Provost Professor Lee Epstein, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, is a pioneering figure in the study of judicial behavior. She examines judicial decision-making, the politics of judicial appointments, law and judicial politics, law and social science and empirical legal research. Photo courtesy of the USC Gould School of Law.

Lee Epstein Awarded Guggenheim

April 15, 2013

USC Provost Professor Lee Epstein, a nationally renowned law and politics scholar, has been awarded a coveted fellowship by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Recognized for “achievement and exceptional…

Adorned with sandalwood paste and roses, this white marble statue of a Jain Tirthankara, or Jina, an enlightened being who teaches Jainism, is from a temple in Bikaner, Rajasthan, Northwest India. Photo courtesy of James McHugh.

Sense and Sensuality

April 9, 2013

Uproar, Moon Juice, Outrage and Who’s He? Despite their deceptively avant-garde names, these are in fact medieval Indian perfumes, created and titled almost a thousand years ago at a time when the sense of smell played a…