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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…

Leading Scholars Join USC Dornsife's School of Philosophy

Leading Scholars Join USC Dornsife's School of Philosophy

May 11, 2011

The USC Dana and Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences has recruited leading senior philosophers Ralph Wedgwood and Gabriel Uzquiano-Cruz of the University of Oxford as well as a very promising newcomer, Karen Lewis…

Michael Messner, professor of sociology and gender studies in USC Dornsife and director of USC's Gender Studies Program, will receive the 2011 Abby J. Leibman Pursuit of Justice Award from the California Women’s Law Center on May 26. Photo by Eddie North-Hager.

Equality On and Off the Field

May 9, 2011

Michael Messner has spent the last 25 years studying the role gender plays in sports, and likewise how sports influence society’s views of gender. In honor of Messner’s contributions to his field and his work for…

From left, Bill Celis, Susan Metros and Anne McKnight. Photo by Ziva Santop.

Celis and McKnight Awarded Technology Prize

May 6, 2011

Bill Celis, associate professor of journalism at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, and Anne McKnight, assistant professor of East Asian languages and literatures and comparative literature in USC…

James Van Cleve, professor of philosopy in USC Dornsife.

USC Philosophy Professor Earns Fellowship

May 4, 2011

From the possibility of time travel to the theory of knowledge, USC Dornsife Professor of Philosophy James Van Cleve has devoted his more than 30-year career to exploring the most puzzling questions of the universe. On…

James Higginbotham, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics, has been elected a fellow of the esteemed American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Photo by Phil Channing.

Higginbotham Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 29, 2011

James Higginbotham, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the world’s most prestigious honorary societies. The USC Dornsife…

USC Dornsife's Meghan Miller of earth sciences explains her discovery of active delamination beneath the Earth in the Colorado Plateau — research featured today in <em>Nature</em>. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson

Peeling off the Layers

April 27, 2011

For the first time, an active delamination of continental lithosphere has been found beneath the Colorado Plateau. Meghan Miller, assistant professor of earth sciences in USC Dornsife, and her team’s discovery is…

Carol Muske-Dukes, professor of English and creative writing in USC Dornsife and California’s poet laureate, will read from <em>Twin Cities</em>, her eighth book of poetry, and other work during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday, April 30. Muske-Dukes photo by Carlos Puma.

A Soul Divided

April 25, 2011

In an excerpt from her poem “Twin Cities II,” Carol Muske-Dukes writes: A single Mind, forever unable to refuse its overstatement: bloodOn snow, the gnawed bars of the trap, crack after crack In the courthouse…