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The Ananias sisters, pictured here with their parents, are USC alumni. The family survived the <em>Costa Concordia</em> shipwreck in 2012. From top left: Georgia, Dean; From bottom left: Debbie and Valerie of USC Dornsife and Cindy of Keck School of Medicine of USC. Photo by Arturo Montoya.

Five Hours of Terror

November 15, 2013

When the theme song from the movie Titanic boomed from speakers, Georgia Ananias remarked to her husband maybe that wasn’t the best song to play on a cruise ship. An hour later, just as their dinner salads arrived at…

On the left, bulk antimony triselenide (Sb2Se3) dissolves in the solvent mixture created by USC Dornsife's Richard Brutchey and David Webber. One the right, a thin film of antimony triselenide derived from that solution using low-cost and low-energy input processing methods. Some day, this could be used for the low-cost processing of semiconductors for transistors, solar cells, LEDs and more. Photo by Jannise Buckley.

Lower Cost Electronics?

November 13, 2013

Researchers at USC Dornsife have created a solvent that will dissolve semiconductors safely and cheaply, allowing them to be applied as a thin film that could create the next generation of low-cost electronics. The technology…

A 22-year-old Greta Garbo poses with a USC track coach on campus in 1926. Photo courtesy of Charles Epting.

Bet You Didn’t Know

November 13, 2013

Remember in The Graduate, when a desperate Benjamin Braddock (played by Dustin Hoffman) sped to “northern California” in his beat-up Alfa Romeo Spider to find Elaine? USC stood in for the University of California,…

Daniela Bleichmar, associate professor of art history and history at USC Dornsife, is the winner of the American Historical Association's 2013 Leo Gershoy Award for her book<em> Visible Empire</em>. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

A Picture’s Worth

November 11, 2013

Between 1777 and 1816, the Spanish crown funded five botanical expeditions to survey the flora of its immense imperial empire comprising much of the Americas, the Caribbean and the Philippines. At least 60 naturalists and…

Fulbright fellow Travis Glynn '13 of USC Dornsife is currently working in India as an English teaching assistant. Photo courtesy of Travis Glynn.

USC Dornsife Rich in Fulbrights

November 6, 2013

USC was one of the top producers of Fulbright Student Grant recipients among U.S. research institutions for the 2013-14 academic year, according to the Fulbright Program, the government’s international educational…

Aimee Bender, professor of English and director of the Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature program at USC Dornsife, has written a new collection of short stories titled <em>The Color Master</em> as a follow-up to her bestselling 2011 novel <em>The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake</em>. Photo by D. Bender.

The Color Master

November 5, 2013

Her favorite tale from her new book of short stories is about a woman whose ogre husband ends up devouring their children. Lucky for Aimee Bender, who gave birth to girl and boy twins in May, she writes only fiction. Read…

Edwin Hill, assistant professor of French and Italian, found inspiration for <em>Black Soundscapes White Stages</em> (cover on right) during his travels throughout the United States, France and the French Antilles. Meeting people of color from around the world motivated him to examine the ways race is constructed on a global stage. Photo of Edwin Hill by Michelle Boston.

Black Soundscapes White Stages

October 25, 2013

For Edwin Hill, the key to understanding the black Atlantic diaspora in the years between World Wars I and II is to listen. On a Parisian stage, a band beat their drums to the Caribbean rhythm of the beguine, a musical genre…

The new USC Dornsife study examined activity in the so-called “pain matrix” of the brain, a network that includes the insula cortex, the anterior cingulate and the somatosensory cortices — regions known to activate when an individual watches another person suffer.

I Feel Your Pain

October 23, 2013

Counterintuitive findings from a new USC Dornsife study show that the part of the brain that is associated with empathizing with the pain of others is activated more strongly by watching the suffering of hateful people as…

The 12-year-old inner-city child who took this photograph said it symbolized both a way out of life on the wrong side of the tracks and a life path choice between light and darkness. Photo courtesy of Elaine Kaplan.

Children of the Shadow & Light

September 11, 2013

If you look closely at the photographs, there is a reflection of hope. Clear examples are the images taken by USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) students during the time they spent on the USC campus. Those photos show…

Jennifer Achiro, a neuroscience doctoral student in Bottjer’s laboratory, is first author in the study examining the activity of neurons in songbirds’ brains using electrodes to record the activity of individual neurons. Photo by Amy Garrison.

Worth Crowing About

September 6, 2013

USC Dornsife scientists have discovered a population of neurons in the brains of juvenile songbirds that are necessary for allowing the birds to recognize the vocal sounds they are learning to imitate. These neurons encode a…