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Researchers in Jed Fuhrman’s lab collect water samples at the San Pedro Ocean Time Series (SPOT) site, midway between Los Angeles and Catalina Island. Photo by Elizabeth Teel.

NSF Support for Probe of Microbes

March 19, 2012

Researchers with the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, housed in USC Dornsife, have received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the composition and complexity of marine…

Scientists Search for Source of Creativity

Scientists Search for Source of Creativity

March 7, 2012

It takes two to tango. Two hemispheres of your brain, that is. USC researchers are working to pin down the exact source of creativity in the brain and have found that the left hemisphere of your brain, thought to be the…

Analyzing Life on a Molecular Level

Analyzing Life on a Molecular Level

March 1, 2012

Three faculty members in USC Dornsife’s Department of Biological Sciences received research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop and apply innovative methods to analyze data on proteins, genes…

"Sleep Log," written by Alain Borer and translated into English by Mark Irwin, tells the story of a sick and delirious traveler sailing from France to Tahiti. The text, which combines historical narrative, travelogue and poetry, is based on a voyage made by Borer. Irwin and Borer are both professors in USC Dornsife.

Vast Waters of the South Pacific

February 29, 2012

The ocean never finishes in the wake of boats. An unceasing torment infinitely prolonged that I would not wish on my worst enemy. Especially since my worst enemy is myself. Amid a vast ocean, in the belly of a ship, a…

From left, Stanley Rosen, professor of political science in USC Dornsife leads a discussion with television and film producer, Zhang Jizhong during the conference. Robert Chi, assistant professor of Asian languages and cultures at UCLA interpreted for Zhang. Photo courtesy of Zhang Jizhong.

Monkey King to become China's Mickey Mouse?

February 28, 2012

International filmmakers and developers interested in partnering with China on business ventures such as constructing theme parks or filming movies are advised to have a deep understanding of the Chinese culture, panelists…

Yale composer Reena Esmail (left) was so moved by Carol Muske-Dukes' (right) poem, "White Key," she set it to music, which will be performed by Volti in San Francisco early March. Esmail photo by David Fung. Muske-Dukes photo by Carlos Puma.

White Key to Have West Coast Premiere

February 21, 2012

“White Key,” a poem by California Poet Laureate Carol Muske-Dukes of USC Dornsife, has been set to music by Yale composer Reena Esmail and will be performed by the famous Volti voice ensemble of 20 professional…

Emotional Economics

Emotional Economics

February 17, 2012

You’re watching Steven Spielberg’s original Jaws for the first time. At the sound of the two threatening cello notes — dun dun — and the sight of a dorsal fin, tension builds and your heart beats like…

In addition to conducting research and leading USC’s regenerative medicine and biology efforts, Andrew P. McMahon will teach undergraduates each year in USC Dornsife, fulfilling a commitment to helping students learn basic scientific concepts.

Andrew McMahon to Join USC Dornsife's Department of Biological Sciences

February 16, 2012

Biologist Andrew P. McMahon will leave Harvard University to join the Keck School of Medicine of USC on July 1 as a Provost Professor and the inaugural holder of the W. M. Keck Professorship of Stem Cell Biology and…

Mark Benthien, director for communication, education and outreach for the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) and executive director of the Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA), which are both headquartered in USC Dornsife, has been named a White House Champion of Change for his international work. Photo courtesy of John Marquis.

Mark Benthien Honored by the White House

February 10, 2012

The 6.7-magnitude Northridge earthquake that shook Southern California in 1994 did more than rattle Mark Benthien out of his bed at UCLA. It reaffirmed his commitment to earthquake preparedness. After that quake, which killed…

Ray R. Irani (left) and Michael Waterman have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Ray Irani, Michael Waterman Elected to NAE

February 10, 2012

USC trustee Ray R. Irani Ph.D. ’57 and USC University Professor Michael Waterman have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). An alumnus of USC Dornsife, Irani is executive chairman of the…