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A new paper by USC College professor of economics Richard Easterlin, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that over the long term, a sense of well-being within a country does not go up with income. Photo credit Phil Channing.

Over Long Haul, Money Doesn't Buy Happiness

December 15, 2010

A new collaborative paper by economist and University Professor Richard Easterlin — namesake of the Easterlin Paradox and founder of the field of happiness studies — offers the broadest range of evidence to date…

University Professor of History Kevin Starr's "passion is appealing" in his new book <em>Golden Gate: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge</em>, the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> wrote in a review. Starr of USC College will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame mid-December. Portrait photo credit Philip Channing.

A Wonder of the Modern World

November 30, 2010

Joseph Strauss’ audacity to try out for football as a spare 5-foot-3 undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati led to the creation of the Golden Gate Bridge. During his tryouts, Strauss was injured so badly he was…

Emily Liman: Sparkling Study

Sour Research, Sweet Results

November 24, 2010

This Thanksgiving, when you nibble the cranberry sauce and the tartness smacks your tongue as hard as that snide comment from your sister, consider the power of sour. Of the five taste sensations — sweet, bitter,…

Organizer Sonya Lee of art history and East Asian languages and cultures in USC College gives opening remarks at the Kucha symposium. Photo credit Kristine Tanton.

Kucha and the Silk Road

November 18, 2010

Scholars from the United States and Europe met at USC recently to discuss topics related to Kucha, an ancient Buddhist kingdom along the Silk Road. Located in what is now the westernmost part of China, Kucha was once a major…

USC College’s Jim Haw with ABC <em>Castle</em> television actress Stana Katic during filming of The Alternative Travel Project.

Jim Haw Joins ABC Castle Actors in Short Videos for Environmentalism

November 17, 2010

Navigating Los Angeles without a car is possible and worth the change of habit, just ask ABC Castle television actors Stana Katic and Seamus Dever. USC College's Jim Haw was tapped for his environmental expertise, and is…

Speed Heals

Speed Heals

November 17, 2010

Both the rate and direction of axon growth in the spinal cord can be controlled, according to new research by USC College's Samantha Butler and her collaborators. The study, "The Bone Morphogenetic Protein Roof Plate…

Father James Heft, Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion in USC College, is president and founding director of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the Vatican

November 16, 2010

When it comes to the Catholic tradition, the believer must also be the thinker. "If you're going to be a believer, no one should ever suggest that you check your brain in at the entrance of the church," said Fr. James Heft,…

Donal Manahan, professor of biological sciences, is the new vice dean of students in USC College. Photo credit Phil Channing.

Dean Howard Gillman Appoints First Vice Dean of Students for USC College

November 15, 2010

Dean Howard Gillman announced today that he has appointed Donal Manahan, professor of biological sciences, as the first vice dean of students in USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. In his new role, Manahan will…

In his new book, <em>Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain</em>, Antonio Damasio, director of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute and David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, explores  how the brain constructs a mind and how the brain makes that mind conscious. Photo credit Luiz Carvalho.

Who We Are

November 11, 2010

Without consciousness - that is, a mind endowed with subjectivity - you would have no way of knowing who you are. -Antonio Damasio The brain, mind, self and consciousness, on their own and in relationship to each other, are…

USC College Magazine's Latest Issue Now Online

USC College Magazine's Latest Issue Now Online

November 10, 2010

From the Dean, Fall 2010/Winter 2011              View the magazine online You can change the world. We can show you how. We use this phrase to convey to prospective students the…