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A Nobel Achievement

Arieh Warshel Wins Nobel Prize

October 9, 2013

Arieh Warshel, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, has earned a new title: Nobel Laureate. The Royal Swedish Academy…

University Professor Michael Waterman with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai who awarded him the People's Republic of China Friendship Award at a ceremony held Sept. 29 in the Great Hall of the People at Tiananmen Square. The award is the Chinese government's highest honor for foreigners. Photo courtesy of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) of China.

Hands Across the Water

October 4, 2013

Michael Waterman, University Professor and USC Associates Chair in Natural Sciences, is a 2013 recipient of the People’s Republic of China Friendship Award — the Chinese government’s highest honor for…

One app in development through the course taught by USC Dornsife's Edward Pultar maps out the location of equipment on Metro rail lines, especially helpful for new work crews unfamiliar with lines.

From Maps to Apps

October 4, 2013

Every day, smartphone users rely on mapping data for directions, weather and social media. But graduate students in a new mobile design course at USC Dornsife are finding more creative uses for their phones, such as tracking…

In <em>The Russian Avant-garde, Siberia and the East</em> exhibition, abstract imagery from Russian Avant-garde artist Wassily Kandinsky’s 1919 oil painting <em>White Oval</em> was inspired by shamanistic artifacts from Siberia. Image courtesy of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

Shamans and the Russian Avant-garde

September 26, 2013

White Oval is an enigmatic canvas of bright colors and intricate, abstract shapes on a pale background. Considering Wassily Kandinsky’s 1919 oil painting might leave you groping for context. Indeed, the artist himself…

USC Dornsife’s Steven Finkel works in his laboratory with biological sciences senior Christopher Geiger. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Diversifying the Lab

September 23, 2013

For more than a decade, USC Dornsife’s Steven Finkel has been working to diversify the field of biological sciences. “It’s not a secret, academic research departments don’t look like America,”…

Norbert Schwarz will be Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing and Daphna Oyserman will be Dean’s Professor of Psychology, and professor of psychology, education and communication. Photos courtesy of CASBS at Stanford University.

Psyched Up

September 20, 2013

USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett has announced the appointment of Norbert Schwarz as Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing and Daphna Oyserman as Dean’s Professor of Psychology, and professor of psychology,…

General Francisco "Pancho" Villa on horseback, during the Mexican Revolution, 1914. Villa is part of the PBS series <em>Latino Americans</em> in which USC Dornsife's George Sanchez participated. Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Latino Americans on PBS

September 16, 2013

At the start of the Great Depression, Amelia Casteñada’s father lost his job as a stonemason and her family struggled. She had just celebrated her First Holy Communion when her mother died of tuberculosis in 1934.…

The 12-year-old inner-city child who took this photograph said it symbolized both a way out of life on the wrong side of the tracks and a life path choice between light and darkness. Photo courtesy of Elaine Kaplan.

Children of the Shadow & Light

September 11, 2013

If you look closely at the photographs, there is a reflection of hope. Clear examples are the images taken by USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) students during the time they spent on the USC campus. Those photos show…

Jennifer Achiro, a neuroscience doctoral student in Bottjer’s laboratory, is first author in the study examining the activity of neurons in songbirds’ brains using electrodes to record the activity of individual neurons. Photo by Amy Garrison.

Worth Crowing About

September 6, 2013

USC Dornsife scientists have discovered a population of neurons in the brains of juvenile songbirds that are necessary for allowing the birds to recognize the vocal sounds they are learning to imitate. These neurons encode a…

World renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma (left) and University Professor Antonio Damasio engage in a spontaneous discussion about music's role in reducing personal pain and increasing joy. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Edge Effect

September 3, 2013

Strumming the cello strings with his thumb, American cellist and virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma played a simple, ascending chromatic scale. “What emotion is this?” he asked the audience at Cammilleri…