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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,…

Jacob Soll

A Case for Balancing Your Checkbook

April 28, 2014

As the United States was spiraling into one of its worst financial collapses in history, Jacob Soll found an interesting parallel in France’s “Sun King.” The USC professor learned that Louis XIV, better…

Thoreau Prize winner T.C. Boyle, shown here at his Santa Barbara home, said he is pleased to receive the Thoreau Award recognizing the environmental themes running through his work. "It’s nice to know that somebody’s listening," he says. Photo by Philip Channing.

T.C. Boyle to Receive Thoreau Prize

April 28, 2014

T.C. Boyle, USC Writer in Residence and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at USC Dornsife, has won a top prize for his exceptional talents in nature writing. PEN New England will present this year’s Henry…

Paul Cummins ’67, who founded Coalition for Engaged Education, believes at-risk youth can improve if given the chance to express themselves through the arts as shown by the above message from a participant. Photo by Matt Meindl.

‘I Dwell in Possibility’

April 28, 2014

Lisa was nine when her mother forced her into prostitution. When the mother went to jail, an uncle in New York took custody and put Lisa back to work on the streets. At 11, Lisa was removed from the uncle’s care, sent…

Dr. Gary K. Michelson is a retired orthopedic spinal surgeon whose inventions have generated nearly 1,000 issued or pending patents worldwide. He has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Inventors. Here he is sitting with his wife, Alya. Photo by John Livzey.

Coloring Outside the Lines

April 28, 2014

For Dr. Gary K. Michelson, the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, made possible after his and his wife Alya’s $50 million donation, has never been about a name on a building. “I never named anything…

Holocaust survivor Mira Becker and USC Trustee Steven Spielberg during an April 25 press conference at USC announcing the Center for Advanced Genocide Research. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Center for Advanced Genocide Research Announced

April 25, 2014

Seeking to build on USC Shoah Foundation’s 20 years of success in gathering testimonies of Holocaust and genocide survivors, the University of Southern California has established the Center for Advanced Genocide Research…

In February 2014, USC opened a Census Research Data Center (RDC) on the University Park campus, a specialized venue where researchers can access non-public Census Bureau data.

Rare Access to Census Data

April 23, 2014

Seeking economic and demographic data for her sociology research, Rachelle Wang knows the value of restricted information from the U.S. Census Bureau. “Up-to-date quantitative and qualitative data is imperative for my…

An inspirational teacher who touched many lives during his 47 years at USC Dornsife, Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences Arnold Dunn is pictured here in his laboratory in 1987. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Arnold Dunn, 85

April 23, 2014

Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences Arnold Dunn, who taught at USC Dornsife for 47 years and served as president of the USC Faculty Senate and as associate dean of the USC Graduate School, has died. He was 85. Dunn died…

Alexander Zholkovsky (left) received the 2013 Russian Italian literary-critical “Bella” award for his essay "Poetics at the Tea Table." Marcus Levitt (right) took home the 2013 Marc Raeff Book Prize for his book <em>The Visual Dominant in Eighteenth-Century Russia</em>. Zholkovsky photo by Marianna Volkova. Levitt photo courtesy of Levitt.

Writing on Russia

April 21, 2014

Marcus Levitt and Alexander Zholkovsky, professors in the USC Dornsife Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, have been honored for their exceptional scholarship. Levitt, professor of Slavic languages and…

From left: Casey Donovan, professor of biological sciences; post-doctoral scholars and lead authors MaryAnn Bohland-Matveyenko and Anne Jokiaho; and Alan Watts, professor of neurobiology. The research team's work on how the body detects hypoglycemia could have far reaching implications for the development of insulin therapies to treat diabetes. Photo courtesy of Casey Donovan.

The Diabetes Detectives

April 17, 2014

To the casual observer, the 14-year-old kicking a ball around in the park with his friends looked like he had energy to burn. But the boy has Type 1 diabetes, a chronic debilitating autoimmune disorder that commonly manifests…