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Sidney Poitier (left), Harry Belafonte, and Charlton Heston lead the Hollywood contingent in the March on Washington to promote civil rights and economic equality for African Americans, in August 1963. The march took place before Heston became a Republican activist beginning in the '70s. Belafonte and Heston are featured in Steven Ross' new book, <em>Hollywood Left and Right</em>. Source: National Archives

Wag the Elephant

October 26, 2011

In 1972 and at the height of his career, Warren Beatty became so involved in George McGovern’s presidential campaign he turned down starring roles in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, The Way We Were, The…

Mapping the Moral Domain

Mapping the Moral Domain

October 25, 2011

In politics, as in war, everyone believes morality is on their side. And the mingling of political beliefs with moral certainty makes compromise all but impossible, according to Jesse Graham, assistant professor of…

USC Dornsife sociologist Veronica Terriquez. Photo by Laurie Moore.

Unions a Catalyst for Civic Engagement, USC Study Finds

October 20, 2011

Labor union experiences lead Latino immigrants to greater civic participation, a USC Dornsife study found. The findings suggest that members independently and, without prompting from the union, draw upon their skills to bring…

Researchers will use statistical and computational tools to analyze vast quantities of genetic data and establish a network of disease connections.

A Digital Landscape of Diseases

October 18, 2011

USC Dornsife scientists and their colleagues have been awarded a $5.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study disease connections as part of a collective of research centers. Jasmine Zhou,…

Dan Schnur (left) of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and James R. Kincaid of English are offering two of the first online continuing education courses through the partnership between USC and the New York Times Knowledge Network. Dan Schnur photo by Sam Lim. James Kincaid photo by Susan Kamei.

USC Dornsife Launches Online Continuing Education Courses

October 18, 2011

Lifelong students won’t have to give up their day jobs, or even live in Southern California, to take advantage of the first courses through the partnership between USC and the New York Times Knowledge Network. Dan…

Study co-author Christian Grose, assistant professor of political science in USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of Christian Grose.

USC Studies Ideology of Presidential Cabinets

October 18, 2011

As coverage of the 2012 presidential race gains steam, so begins the hypothesizing: What would a Mitt Romney administration look like? Would a second term for Barack Obama mean a cabinet shakeup? While conventional…

USC Dornsife's David Bottjer is searching for clues to the future by examining the past. Photo by Philip Channing.

And the Microbes Shall Inherit the Earth

October 12, 2011

Global warming is not a novel phenomenon, and by studying what happened to the planet during a period of global warming about 250 million years ago, one USC Dornsife scientist hopes to discover what could happen to us this…

A team of researchers led by Chien-Ping Ko, professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has generated the first extensive study of severe denervation occurring in specific muscles affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy, the leading genetic cause of infant mortality.

USC Scientist Targets Genetic Cause of Infant Mortality

October 12, 2011

The disease is heartbreaking. It turns babies into ragdolls and extinguishes lives just as they are getting started. But one USC Dornsife scientist is working to unravel the mystery behind the leading genetic cause of infant…

Students can search and watch testimonies from the Shoah Foundation Institute's Visual History Archive from any networked computer on the USC campus. Photo credit by Mark Berndt

Survivors' Voices in the Classroom

September 30, 2011

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education awarded stipends to three professors in USC Dornsife to support integrating video testimony from Holocaust survivors and other witnesses into their courses…

Inset: <em>Alexandrium catenella</em> algae, which USC Dornsife biologist David Caron and his colleagues are studying. Photo courtesy of David Caron. Image: Red tide caused by dinoflagellates off the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Pier in La Jolla, Calif., in 2005. Photo by Alejandro Díaz.

Toxic Red Tides: USC Scientist Tracks Neurotoxin-Producing Algae

September 30, 2011

With toxic algal blooms — which can increase the amount of harmful toxins in the shellfish that California residents consume — ramping up in frequency and severity locally, scientists in USC Dornsife have…