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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…

Marc Green, research lab technician at the USC Center for Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis (CEMMA), offers training sessions for new users of the GE DeltaVision OMX Blaze. Photo by Robert Perkins.

Mind-Bending Microscope

February 21, 2014

Thanks to an interdisciplinary, cross-campus effort, USC Dornsife is now home to one of the most advanced microscopes in the world — a device that pushes beyond what was once believed to be the boundary of visible light…

Selected as research fellows for 2014 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, USC Dornsife faculty members Christoph Haselwandter (left) and Dion Dickman are tapped to become leaders in the scientific community. Haselwandter photo courtesy of Haselwandter. Dickman photo by Erica Christianson.

Haselwandter, Dickman Earn Sloan Fellowships

February 20, 2014

USC Dornsife faculty members Christoph Haselwandter and Dion Dickman have been selected as research fellows for 2014 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Haselwandter and Dickman are among 126 researchers from the United States…

Associate Professor of Psychology and Linguistics Jason Zevin studies how people learn to read and speak, specifically how the brain’s architecture responds to what language is being learned. His recent research focuses on the similarities and differences between English and Chinese speakers. Photo by Michelle Boston.

Mind Your Language

February 18, 2014

Most teachers and parents will tell you that certain words prove more challenging to pronounce for a child learning to read. Jason Zevin explains why. Take the word pint. If young Scarlet is familiar with the words…

"Sustainability means something different within each discipline, but there's a common understanding of the bigger issues we face," says Provost Professor of Psychology and Business Wendy Wood, who is among those leading the USC Dornsife Sustainability Task Force.

The Task at Land (and Sea and Air)

February 7, 2014

It’s 5 p.m. so you grab your keys and cell phone and head home. As you hear the click of your office door lock shut, you realize you’ve neglected to turn off the light and your computer. But there’s no…

USC Dornsife welcomes Naomi Levine (left), Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences, and Smaranda Marinescu, Gabilan Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Levine's research explores climate change effects while Marinescu focuses on sources for clean, renewable energy. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Superlative Scientists

February 6, 2014

Although Naomi Levine has taken 20 cruises off Bermuda, she spent no time lounging by the pool. These were research trips she took as a doctoral student to collect microscopic organisms such as photoplankton and bacteria. Her…

Dana Gioia will receive the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry during a ceremony Feb. 19 at the University of the South, in Sewanee, Tenn.

Gioia Honored for His Poetry

February 4, 2014

Dana Gioia, USC Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture, has been named the recipient of the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry. Celebrated for his poetry, criticism and arts advocacy, Gioia joins a…

USC Dornsife’s School of Philosophy has made two prestigious faculty hires this year with Professor John Hawthorne and Associate Professor Jonathan Quong. Photos courtesy of John Hawthorne and Jonathan Quong.

Developing a New Philosophy

February 4, 2014

People take notice when in the space of a few years, you surge to No. 11 from 46 in the national Philosophical Gourmet Report rankings, as USC Dornsife’s School of Philosophy has done. The school’s impressive…

Luis Chiappe is lead investigator of the research team on the ancient bird study; curator and director of the Dinosaur Institute at the Natural History Museum; and adjunct professor at USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of the Natural History Museum.

When Dinosaurs Flew

February 4, 2014

A team of paleontologists affiliated with USC Dornsife and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has determined that birds were capable of modern flight patterns much earlier than previously suspected — at…

Students at USC Dornsife integrate computer technology into the activities of their scholarship. Photo by John Livzey.

$1.9 Million for Digital Humanities

February 4, 2014

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded USC a $1.9 million grant to support a program of graduate and postdoctoral training in the digital humanities. The foundation makes grants on a selective basis in the areas of…