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Wendy Wood, USC Provost Professor of Psychology and Business, and vice dean for social sciences at USC Dornsife, has led a study showing that women at their fertility peak do not seek out particularly masculine or genetically fit males.

What Women Want

May 13, 2014

Over the past two decades, studies in reproductive biology and psychology have purported to show a correlation between what women want in a male partner and their time of the month — demonstrating that which guy catches…

Good negotiators are adept at making offers and talking in negotiation, but also at managing their facial expressions, finds a recent USC study. Here are some images used in the facial expression study.

I Can See it on Your Face

May 8, 2014

While Disney’s Academy Award-winning Frozen anthem “Let It Go” has dominated the Billboard 200, sales records and parents’ eardrums with its message of all-out emotion, that approach probably…

Youngmin Choe, assistant professor of East Asian languages and cultures at USC Dornsife, co-edited <em>The Korean Popular Culture Reader</em> (Duke University Press, 2014). Photo courtesy of Youngmin Choe.

The Korean Wave

May 8, 2014

From Psy’s “Gangnam Style” to American remakes of films like Oldboy, Korean pop culture has been inescapable in the past few years. For some American audiences, it might seem to have emerged overnight. But…

In a story published recently in <em>PLOS Genetics</em>, Matthew Taylor, Ph.D. student in molecular and computational biology (left), and Ian Ehrenreich, assistant professor of molecular biology, found that genetic variants can collectively affect physical characteristics. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Breaking the Genetic Code

May 7, 2014

Scientists at USC Dornsife have definitively demonstrated that large sets of variations in the genetic code that do not individually appear to have much effect can collectively produce significant changes in an…

Doug Capone's research looks at the role and importance of marine microbes in major biogeochemical cycles, particularly those of nitrogen and carbon. In particular, he has shown nitrogen fixation — the process by which nitrogen is converted to ammonia — to be a key biogeochemical process in several marine ecosystems. Photo by by Taylor Faust.

Capone to Receive Top Biosciences Award

May 5, 2014

Doug Capone, William and Julie Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and professor and chair of biological sciences, has been honored with the 2014 DuPont Industrial Biosciences Award in Applied and Environmental…

Selfie-Esteem

May 5, 2014

Jason Zevin, associate professor of psychology and linguistics at USC Dornsife, is a co-author on a recent study in <em>The Journal of Neuroscience</em>, which finds that the predictive power of our brains might play an important role in human communication. Photo by Michelle Boston.

The Brain Is a ‘Prediction Machine’

April 30, 2014

Our brain activity is more similar to that of speakers we are listening to when we can predict what they are going to say, a team of neuroscientists has found. The study, which appears in The Journal of Neuroscience, provides…

American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellow Gary Watson is a leading expert in moral theory, moral psychology, philosophy of law, and moral and criminal responsibility. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Watson Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 29, 2014

Gary Watson, Provost Professor of Philosophy and Law, 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 scholar, who has a…

USC President C. L. Max Nikias congratulates Nobel laureate Arieh Warshel, Distinguished Professor of Chemisty, on Warshel's Presidential Medallion during the April 8 awards ceremony. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Academic Honors Convocation

April 29, 2014

The 33rd annual Academic Honors Convocation celebrated stellar USC students, faculty and administrators at Town & Gown. USC President C. L. Max Nikias presented the Presidential Medallion, the university’s highest…

James Higginbotham, USC Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics, studied the disciplines of generative grammar and linguistic semantics for nearly four decades and was an international leader in his field. Photo by Philip Channing.

In Memoriam: James Higginbotham, 72

April 28, 2014

USC Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics James Higginbotham, Linda Hilf Chair in Philosophy at USC Dornsife and world-renowned expert in generative grammar, linguistic semantics and the philosophy of language,…