The formula is simple, but H2O is one of the most remarkable substances in the universe.

L.A.’s early 20th-century “Water Wars” over access to the precious H2O needed to fuel the city’s growth included a web of corruption and lies that inspired one of the most celebrated noir movies of all time: ‘Chinatown.’

USC Dornsife scholars make a splash as they address challenges — from local to global — centered around water.

Water, simultaneously vital to human life and one of our deadliest foes, has inspired the human imagination in compelling ways since before the written word.

From the communal baths of ancient Rome to the Great Stink of London and the fortuitously named Victorian sanitary engineer Thomas Crapper, USC Dornsife scholars trace the history of plumbing through the ages.

One of USC Dornsife’s most distinguished alumni, Joseph Medicine Crow was a renowned Native American historian, the last war chief of the Apsáalooke (Crow) Nation and the recipient of a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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