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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,…

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…