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A new book by Christelle Fischer-Bovet of classics, who has received two new fellowships for her research, sheds light on state formation in Hellenistic Egypt. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Exploring Hellenistic Egypt

August 12, 2014

After the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C., Ptolemy I declared himself pharaoh of Egypt. Originally from Macedonia — what is now Greece — Ptolemy’s rise to power marked the beginning of the…

Opposition supporters shout in their stronghold of Tahrir Square in Egypt. Photo by Reuters.

War of Words in the Middle East

August 8, 2014

In 2011, the Arab world exploded. Protests rippled throughout the region’s most repressive states, in some cases overturning regimes that had stood intact for decades. Middle East scholars like Laurie Brand watched with…

Oleg Prezhdo, a native of Kharkiv, Ukraine, joins the USC Dornsife Department of Chemistry this Fall as professor of chemistry. His research centers on efficient and cheaper solar energy production and biological nanotechnology. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

An Energetic New Professor

August 7, 2014

Growing up in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Oleg Prezhdo loved mathematics, not unlike his mathematician mother. But ultimately, his physical organic chemist father encouraged him to pursue chemistry. Prezhdo earned his Ph.D. in…

Michael Messner, who has taught sociology at USC Dornsife for 27 years, will be honored with the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Feminist Mentoring Award at an August 18 ceremony in San Francisco. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Messner Wins Feminist Mentoring Award

August 5, 2014

Michael Messner, professor of sociology and gender studies at USC Dornsife, will receive the Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Feminist Mentoring Award on August 18 at a banquet and awards ceremony, held at the City Club…

Professor Emeritus of Political Science Michael B. Preston  was an expert in urban politics, dissecting political changes that have shaped Los Angeles since the early 1980s when Tom Bradley was mayor. Photo by Phil Channing.

In Memoriam: Michael B. Preston, 80

July 31, 2014

Former USC Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives Michael B. Preston, professor emeritus and former chair of political science at USC Dornsife, an expert on racial and ethnic politics, has died. He was 80. Preston of Baldwin…

In her new book, USC Dornsife’s Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo of sociology examines the symbiotic relationship between immigrants and California gardens. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Paradise Transplanted

July 31, 2014

Tomatoes, radishes, chilies and corn flourish alongside avocado, mango and papaya trees in an inner-city Los Angeles community garden. This is where some of the city’s most marginalized newcomers — poor,…

Simons Foundation grant recipient Shang-Hua Teng, Seeley G. Mudd Professor of Computer Science at USC Viterbi School of Engineering, holds a joint appointment at the Department of Mathematics at USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

Teng Named Simons Investigator

July 25, 2014

Shang-Hua Teng will be a member of this year’s class of Simons Investigators, according to the Simons Foundation. He is one of the two outstanding computer scientists chosen nationwide. The five-year, $500,000 grants…

<em>Changyuraptor yangi</em> is considered the biggest of the four-winged dinosaurs. Illustration by S. Abramowicz/courtesy of the Dinosaur Institute, Natural History Museum.

The Case for Flying Dinosaurs

July 24, 2014

A newly discovered raptorial dinosaur fossil with exceptionally long feathers adds to growing evidence that dinosaurs flew before birds did. An international team of scientists from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles…

Elected as president of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, USC Dornsife's Wendy Wood will lead the organization in exciting new directions. Photo by Laurie Moore.

Wood Elected SPSP President

July 24, 2014

USC Dornsife’s Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business and vice dean for social sciences, is the newly elected 2016 president of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). SPSP promotes…

Henrike Moll (left) and Morteza Dehghani of psychology with books and toys they will use when they interview children for their study on how humans create alternative worlds to make decisions. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Pretending: Not Just Play

July 24, 2014

We all wonder what might have been. How would reality be different if a certain event had not occurred? If you had taken that job or married that person? “People especially tend to do this when a negative event happens,…