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USC Dornsife's Aaron Lauda of mathematics teaches high school senior Jailyne Olvera and another student how to solve the knot theory game he developed to show students how mathematical knowledge is developed and processed. Photo by Susan Bell.

Knot a Problem

May 27, 2014

In a USC classroom, Jailyne Olvera, a junior at Augustus Hawkins High School in South Los Angeles studied a knotted rope lying on the table, then stared at a chart of knots. “Wow, this is hard,” she sighed, her…

Physics and mathematics junior Luke Bouma earns the nation's highest undergraduate science award — the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Photo by Susan Bell.

Golden Opportunity

April 23, 2014

Budding physicist Luke Bouma, whose research interests include sustainable energy and quantum optics, hardly dared believe his good fortune when he recently learned he won the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Bouma…

USC Dornsife Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Edward K. Blum, who taught at USC Dornsife for more than 40 years, was an important force in interdisciplinary research at USC. Photo courtesy of Amy Blum-Herkenhoff.

In Memoriam: Edward Blum, 90

February 25, 2014

USC Dornsife Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Edward Blum, a specialist in scientific computation, parallel computing and numerical analysis who taught at USC Dornsife for more than 40 years, has died. He was 90. Blum died…

University Professor Michael Waterman, recipient of the 2013 People’s Republic of China Friendship Award, has been elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences in recognition of his scientific and educational contributions in China.

Pacific Rim Professor

January 22, 2014

After winning the 2013 People’s Republic of China Friendship Award last Fall, University Professor Michael Waterman has been elected a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The USC Dornsife professor of biological…

Aaron Lauda and Aravind Asok have won National Science Foundation CAREER awards for outstanding research and teaching. Asok will use part of his award to fund projects with artist and mathematician Lun-Yi Tsai. Shown is Tsai's artwork depicting a "winding number" which counts the number of times a line — think of rope — wraps around a hole (circle in the center). © Lun-Yi Tsai.

Adding Up to a Robust CAREER

August 7, 2013

Aravind Asok and Aaron Lauda, both assistant professors of mathematics at USC Dornsife, have been selected to receive National Science Foundation CAREER awards. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a…

By examining whole genome sequencing data of living Europeans in more than 40 populations, USC Dornsife’s Peter Ralph has found that the genetics of all human beings are linked more closely than previously believed. Photo by Susan Bell.

We Are Family

August 7, 2013

New research by Peter Ralph of USC Dornsife has confirmed that everyone on Earth is related to everyone else on the planet. So the Trojan Family is not just a metaphor. Turns out, we’re also linked by genetics more…

Incoming freshmen receive instruction for a solid and strong transition during orientation at USC University Park campus. Photo by Lillian Insalata.

Class of 2017

July 17, 2013

The newest members of the Trojan Family hail from throughout the nation and world. The admitted USC freshman class, selected from a pool of 47,300 applicants, boasts SAT scores of 2040-2250. These freshmen bring a diversity of…

Arriving from a C.L.E. Moore instructorship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by a year at Berkeley Quantitative, Sami Assaf became Gabilan Assistant Professor of Mathematics in Fall 2012. She specializes in algebraic combinatorics and combinatorial representation theory. Illustration by Bill Sanderson.

Hire Purpose: Sami Assaf

May 7, 2013

Sami Assaf sometimes uses a Rubik’s cube to demonstrate symmetry, among the most crucial ideas in mathematics. Twist the face of a Rubik’s cube and the cube keeps its symmetry — all sides are the mirror…

Professor of Philosophy Gabriel Uzquiano arrived in Fall 2011 from Oxford University. Born in Majorca, Spain, he grew up in Tarragona. His expertise spans from philosophical logic and the philosophy of mathematics to metaphysics. Illustration by Bill Sanderson.

Hire Purpose: Gabriel Uzquiano

May 7, 2013

Countless have asked, but Gabriel Uzquiano sought to answer: How many angels can dance on the point of a needle? The question asks not what is the case, but rather what can be the case. Some philosophers take what can be the…

USC Dornsife's Solomon Golomb listens to a message from President Obama during a White House ceremony Feb. 1 in which Golomb was awarded the National Medal of Science. His medal awaits him on the right. Photo by Ryan K. Morris/National Science & Technology Medals Foundation.

President Obama Awards Two USC Dornsife Pioneers

February 1, 2013

One of USC’s most decorated faculty members has received the highest honor bestowed by the United States for scientific innovation. President Barack Obama presented Solomon Golomb, University and Distinguished Professor…