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Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Physics Howard Taylor teaching at USC in the mid-1970s. Photos courtesy of Leeza Taylor Reisig.

In Memoriam: Howard Taylor, 79

May 22, 2015

Howard Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Physics at USC Dornsife, has died. He was 79. Taylor died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and family on May 17. “Howard Taylor was a brilliant…

Meet three USC Dornsife graduating seniors: Shea Livingston, Karen Arcos and Thomas Armstrong.

Three of the Best

May 13, 2015

Shea Livingston After Shea Livingston’s grandfather died in 2010, she and her mother were sorting through his papers when they found an extraordinary document: a leather-bound graduation program embossed with the words…

Superconductivity is the ability to transmit electricity without resistance. Photo from <em>Mystery in Space</em>, #56.

Just Getting Warmed Up

March 3, 2015

A superconductor that works at room temperature was long thought impossible, but scientists at USC Dornsife may have discovered a family of materials that could make it reality. A team led by Vitaly Kresin, professor of…

Virginia Carter in 1972 in her Aerospace Corporation lab holding a device to measure air density. The device would be bolted to a satellite, which circled the Earth, yielding data to improve the guidance of satellites. Photo courtesy of the  the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> photographic archive, UCLA Library.

Hollywood Via Aerospace

October 28, 2014

A bachelor’s degree with honors in math and physics under her belt, Virginia Carter was ready for the job market. She was living in her native Canada. The year was 1958. Her best offer? Working as a clerk at a…

Andrey Vilesov of chemistry and physics found that quantum vortices, or whirlpools, form in spinning helium nanodroplets in unprecedented quantities. Photo by Rico Mayro Tanyag.

Discovery in Helium Droplets

August 28, 2014

Liquid helium, when cooled down nearly to absolute zero, exhibits unusual properties that scientists have struggled to understand: it creeps up walls and flows freely through impossibly small channels, completely lacking…

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…

After studying Renaissance literature, Elizabeth Cantwell who is earning her Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature at USC Dornsife, became a Renaissance student herself by combining science with poetry in her dissertation. Photo by Matt Wyatt.

Physics + Literature = Poetry

March 4, 2014

Many Ph.D. students find the dissertation writing process taxing enough to inspire a break after graduation, but Elizabeth Cantwell hasn’t broken her stride. She’s already on her way to turning hers into a book. A…

The breakthrough research of USC Dornsife’s Moh El-Naggar has earned him the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stage of their careers. Photo by Matt Meindl.

A Presidential Honoree

January 28, 2014

USC Dornsife’s Moh El-Naggar first got an inkling he was being considered for a presidential award several months ago when he received an email requesting his permission to authorize an FBI background check. But it…

USC Dornsife senior and budding entrepreneur Sanjay Rajpoot is launching a company devoted to taking hydroponics mainstream with the goal of helping to end world hunger. Photo by Matt Stone.

Hydroponics Grows Up

December 19, 2013

Six years ago, then-16-year-old high school student Sanjay Rajpoot was channel surfing at his parents’ Santa Barbara, Calif., home when a documentary caught his attention. It was about hydroponics — the practice of…

We See Snow Differently

We See Snow Differently

December 9, 2013

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