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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…

John Strauss, professor of economics in USC Dornsife, is an investigator on a study recently published in the <em>American Economic Journal: Applied Economics</em> showing that health decisions affect how tall you stand as you age. Photo by Alexandra Bissonnette.

Reaching New Heights

April 2, 2013

Even if you didn’t eat your veggies or drink your milk as a child, your height is still in your hands, according to new findings by economists from USC, Harvard University and Peking University. Using unique data from a…

Professor Hanna Reisler of chemistry presents her keynote address at the recent WiSE Research Horizons symposium held in her honor. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Hanna Reisler Celebrated

April 2, 2013

Speaking at a recent symposium held in her honor, USC Dornsife’s Hanna Reisler recalled the early days of USC’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program. At the time, women with tenured or tenure-track…

Elena Pierpaoli, professor of physics and astronomy in USC Dornsife, and her team generate the most detailed map to date made of cosmic background radiation — the  oldest light in the universe. Photo by Roger Snider.

The Dawn of Time

March 25, 2013

The universe is 80 million years older and is expanding more slowly than previously believed, according to new findings that still appear to confirm the standard model of cosmology. The data was gathered by the European Space…

William Van Cleave directed the Strategic Studies Program in USC Dornsife's School of International Relations, where he was professor of international relations, from 1967 to 1987. Here, he teaches in his earlier years. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Van Cleave.

In Memoriam: William Van Cleave, 77

March 21, 2013

William Van Cleave, former senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan, the United States Department of Defense, Department of State, and former professor of international relations in USC Dornsife, has died. He was 77. Van…

Researchers found atherosclerosis in 34 percent of the mummies studied, according to a recent study led by University Professor Caleb Finch, who has a joint appointment in USC Dornsife and the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Photo courtesy of <em>The Lancet</em>.

Lessons From Mummy

March 13, 2013

Like nearly 4.6 million Americans, ancient hunter-gatherers also suffered from clogged arteries, revealing that the plaque buildup causing blood clots, heart attacks and strokes is not just a result of fatty diets or couch…