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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,…

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…