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USC Dornsife's Katrina Edwards delivers a lecture after receiving the 2012 Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Science during a recent ceremony at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography just outside Halifax, Nova Scotia. Photo by Kelly Bentham.

Oceanographer Makes Waves

November 16, 2012

Katrina Edwards, professor of biological sciences, earth sciences and environmental studies in USC Dornsife, has been awarded the 2012 A.G. Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Science. She is the third woman to receive…

In his latest book, <em>Planet Without Apes</em>, leading primatologist Craig Stanford of USC Dornsife demands that we consider whether we can live with the consequences of wiping our closest relatives off the face of the Earth. Portrait photo by Philip Channing.

Planet Without Apes?

November 16, 2012

Great apes could face extinction within our lifetime, biologist Craig Stanford of USC Dornsife warns in his new book Planet Without Apes (Harvard University Press). The four species of great apes — chimpanzees,…

Humans and songbirds are both matching their own early vocalizations to the neural representation of vocal auditory memory. This encoding and integration process is very likely to be disrupted in people with disordered speech and we can begin to understand this by studying the songbird brain.

A Little Bird Told Me

November 9, 2012

Although less than half the size of a walnut and weighing one gram, the brain of a songbird is fully capable of generating complex learned behaviors. Songbirds are one of the few groups of animals other than humans that…

Five USC Dornsife authors from various disciplines ponder the connection between creativity and memory.

Postcards From Memory Lane

November 9, 2012

Jerry Siegel came of age during the 1910s and ’20s. The youngest child of Jewish Lithuanian immigrants, Siegel often felt out of place in the blue collar, Midwestern atmosphere of his Cleveland, Ohio, neighborhood. When…

Robert English, the new director of USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations, has tales to tell about his overseas exploits. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Front-row Seat to the World

November 8, 2012

There’s no learning experience quite like getting out of the classroom — especially when the focus is on global politics. For Robert English, incoming director of USC Dornsife’s School of International…

Dean Steve Kay

Fostering Intellectual Courage

November 8, 2012

Steve Kay awoke his first morning on the island of Manhattan feeling jet lagged, invigorated and hungry. The new postdoctoral fellow at The Rockefeller University headed to the cafeteria for breakfast. As he surveyed the…

University Professor Thomas Jordan of USC Dornsife with his 2012 Outstanding Contribution to the Public Understanding of the Geosciences Award during a Nov. 4 ceremony in North Carolina. Photo courtesy of the American Geosciences Institute.

Tom Jordan Earns AGI Award

November 6, 2012

University Professor Thomas Jordan, W. M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences and professor of earth sciences, has won the 2012 Outstanding Contribution to the Public Understanding of the Geosciences Award. Jordan,…

Colored rendering showing feather extent in <em>Microraptor gui</em>. Drawing by David Krentz.

Look! Up in the Sky!

November 2, 2012

The mystery of how dinosaurs first began to fly may have finally been cracked by a USC Dornsife-led team of scientists whose groundbreaking study has been honored by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP). The…

After earning an honorary degree from the Open University of Catalonia, University Professor Hanna Damasio of USC Dornsife notes that technical progress permits a fruitful crossroads where cognitive neuroscience meets with social and political sciences, economics, humanities, medicine, neurology, psychiatry and pediatrics. Photo courtesy of Open University of Catalonia.

Damasio Celebrated in Spain

November 2, 2012

University Professor Hanna Damasio, Dana Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and professor of psychology and neurology, has received a doctora honoris causa from the prestigious Open University of Catalonia, in Barcelona,…

USC Dornsife mathematicians and new AMS Fellows, from left to right: Eric Friedlander, Solomon Golomb, Susan Friedlander, Susan Montgomery and Francis Bonahon. Absent are Robert Guralnick and Ko Honda. Photo by Susan Bell.

Seven Up

November 1, 2012

Seven of USC Dornsife’s finest mathematicians have been invited by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) to become inaugural fellows of this prestigious association for their distinguished contributions to…