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USC Dornsife professors Michael Waterman and Margaret Gatz have been awarded honorary degrees.

USC Dornsife Professors Receive Honorary Degrees

July 29, 2011

Waterman Presented Honorary Doctorate by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody Michael Waterman, widely regarded as the founding father of computational biology, openly admits he has never taken a biology course. There was however a…

USC Dornsife professor Larry Swanson is among the Society for Neuroscience's earliest members. Photo by Carin Baer.

Swanson Elected President of Society for Neuroscience

July 26, 2011

Larry Swanson, Milo Don and Lucille Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences in USC Dornsife, has been elected president-elect of the Society for Neuroscience. During his one-year term as president between 2012 and 2013,…

Quantum computing uses quantum bits, or qubits, to encode information in the form of ones and zeros.

USC Scientists Contribute to a Breakthrough in Quantum Computing

July 21, 2011

Scientists have taken the next major step toward quantum computing, which will use quantum mechanics to revolutionize the way information is processed. Quantum computers will capitalize on the mind-bending properties of …

USC Dornsife’s Simon Tavaré, whose research is in the interface between statistics, probability, and biological and medical sciences, is among 44 newly elected fellows and eight foreign members to the Royal Society. Photo by Phil Channing.

Tavaré Elected to the Royal Society

July 12, 2011

Simon Tavaré, George and Louise Kawamoto Chair in Biological Sciences in USC Dornsife, has been named a fellow of the Royal Society. Tavaré, whose research is in the interface between statistics, probability,…

Mark Richard, a lecturer in the Master of Professional Writing program, has won a 2012 Pushcart Prize for his memoir and first book of nonfiction <em>House of Prayer No. 2: A Writer’s Journey Home</em>. Born a “special child” with deformed hips in rural Virginia, Richard chronicles his struggle with faith and the life that made him a writer. Photo by Jeff Vespa.

On Writing and Redemption

July 7, 2011

Mark Richard didn’t intend to write his latest book. He had originally set out to explore the death of Nat Turner, an early 19th-century slave insurrectionist in Southampton County, Va., where Richard lived as a boy.…

The Genius of a Disorderly Enzyme

The Genius of a Disorderly Enzyme

June 24, 2011

Why is antibody diversity important? Think about it like this, said Myron Goodman: “Why don’t you die when I sneeze? It’s because you have a powerful immune system. And the way to get a decent immune system…

Bill Deverell received a 2011 Gold Crown Award from the Pasadena Arts Council at a ceremony on June 10. Photo courtesy of the Pasadena Arts Council.

Devoted to the City of Roses

June 13, 2011

Bill Deverell has spent his academic career exploring the history and culture of California. With research interests including the American West after the Civil War and the environmental history of Los Angeles, and as the…

Alexander Benderskii, associate professor of chemistry and senior author of the new study in <em>Nature</em>.

Water’s Surface Not All Wet

June 8, 2011

Air and water meet over most of the earth’s surface, but exactly where one ends and the other begins turns out to be a surprisingly subtle question. A new study in Nature narrows the boundary to just one quarter of…

From left to right: Chris Hammons, lecturer in anthropology; Lisa Bitel, professor of history and religion, and chair of the CRCC Interdisciplinary Research Group; Jane Iwamura, assistant professor of religion and American studies and ethnicity; and Brad Nabors, Ph.D. candidate in sociology. Photo by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

Getting Religion

May 31, 2011

Not long after Indonesia’s transition from dictatorship to democracy, Christian Hammons was sitting at a coffee shop in Bukittinggi, a city on Sumatra’s tourist circuit. Hammons, who was about to begin his doctoral…

MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch (left) gives a tour of "Art in the Streets" recently to Richard Meyer, associate professor of art history in USC Dornsife (middle in black tie) and his undergraduate students in his course, "Culture Wars: Art and Social Conflict, 1900 — the present." Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Naked Hollywood

May 25, 2011

In 1951, when bombshell actress Jayne Mansfield publicly dropped the top of her dress, the photographer Arthur Fellig, also known as “Weegee the famous,” was there to capture the moment on film. The caption to…