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Hanna Damasio and Antonio Damasio receive Doctor Honoris Causa degrees at a formal ceremony held at the Sorbonne in Paris on Sept. 17. Photos by Julien Hay.

French Honors

October 22, 2015

Two USC Dornsife professors have received honorary degrees from the Université Paris Descartes — more widely known as the Sorbonne — for their pioneering work in psychology. University Professor Antonio…

The emotion of gratitude is important in social behavior, according to the study’s senior author. Photo courtesy of iStock.

Tracking Gratitude

October 20, 2015

Neuroscientists have mapped how the human brain experiences gratitude with help from an unexpected resource: the testimonies of Holocaust survivors. “In the midst of this awful tragedy, there were many acts of bravery…

During a 27-year career at USC Dornsife, Professor Emeritus of International Relations Abraham Lowenthal combined his academic career with institution building.

Learning from Experience

October 20, 2015

“A transition from authoritarian rule requires every group to understand that it cannot demand everything it wants. That is a transition: talking with those who think differently, even if they have been…

Gridlock Solvers

Gridlock Solvers

October 8, 2015

It probably does not come as a major shock that results of a USC Dornsife/California Community Foundation/Los Angeles Times poll released Oct. 7 reveal traffic and congestion to be the point of greatest concern among L.A.…

NASA scientists recently announced data suggesting that there may be liquid water on Mars. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Shining Light on Mars

October 6, 2015

The red planet made a splash in the media this past week, due to the combined efforts of Ridley Scott’s film The Martian and NASA’s announcement of new evidence for the existence of water flowing on the surface of…

Oxidative stress brought about by free radicals lends to the aging process, according to Kelvin Davies of biological sciences and gerontology.

Good Stress

October 1, 2015

Oxygen, while necessary for life, has a dark side. With every breath taken, free radicals form, and these damaging molecules can wreak havoc in the body. The process is called oxidative stress. Kelvin Davies, James E. Birren…

An octopus plays a key role in the research by two USC Dornsife investigators. Photo by Joe-Parks.

Octopus Video Aids Linguists

October 1, 2015

A linguist and marine biologist at USC Dornsife began an unlikely project two years ago to compare the movement of the human tongue with the manipulation of the arms of the octopus and the undulation of a small worm known as…

The McCarthy Quad will be transformed into an “eco-hangout” where students can learn how they can impact climate change policy and generate solutions for a more sustainable future.

A Plan for Tomorrow

September 29, 2015

As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue to rise, warming the climate and changing major ecosystems, USC Dornsife student Zach Manta wants his peers at USC to know that they can make a difference to reverse the…

Welcome New Faculty

September 23, 2015

USC Dornsife welcomes 17 new faculty members for the 2015-16 academic year. Hailing from universities around the world, their experience and academic research span a wide range of disciplines. The new faculty members join…

It can be tough to find the perfect fit in a career. Photo by Liza via Flickr.

Fulfillment at Work

September 17, 2015

To employees who have not yet found their “perfect fit” in a career: Take heart. There is more than one way to attain passion for work, USC Dornsife and University of Michigan researchers found in a recent…