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An octopus plays a key role in the research by two USC Dornsife investigators. Photo by Joe-Parks.

Octopus Video Aids Linguists

October 1, 2015

A linguist and marine biologist at USC Dornsife began an unlikely project two years ago to compare the movement of the human tongue with the manipulation of the arms of the octopus and the undulation of a small worm known as…

The McCarthy Quad will be transformed into an “eco-hangout” where students can learn how they can impact climate change policy and generate solutions for a more sustainable future.

A Plan for Tomorrow

September 29, 2015

As carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue to rise, warming the climate and changing major ecosystems, USC Dornsife student Zach Manta wants his peers at USC to know that they can make a difference to reverse the…

Welcome New Faculty

September 23, 2015

USC Dornsife welcomes 17 new faculty members for the 2015-16 academic year. Hailing from universities around the world, their experience and academic research span a wide range of disciplines. The new faculty members join…

It can be tough to find the perfect fit in a career. Photo by Liza via Flickr.

Fulfillment at Work

September 17, 2015

To employees who have not yet found their “perfect fit” in a career: Take heart. There is more than one way to attain passion for work, USC Dornsife and University of Michigan researchers found in a recent…

Scientific discoveries at The Bridge@USC by USC Dornsife researchers Raymond Stevens (left), Peter Kuhn and their colleagues are rapidly advancing the development of personalized therapies for a range of diseases. Photo by Max Gerber.

Disruptive Science

September 15, 2015

Though their future home remains under construction, a team of high-profile scientists recruited to USC has wasted no time since arriving on campus earlier this year, launching an ambitious campaign to address…

American sailors faced multiple perils at sea as they struggled to gain recognition of their rights as citizens during the turbulent age of revolution.

American Identity at Sea

September 14, 2015

“Now sir, you are dished!” These were the mocking words an 18th-century British boatswain addressed to a captured American sailor as he ripped up the seaman’s identity papers and tossed them overboard. This…

Five panelists discussed the Pope’s recent encyclical on the environment and climate change at a Sept. 9 event.

Pope Francis — Environmental Activist?

September 10, 2015

Students, faculty and staff packed Doheny Library on USC’s University Park campus on Sept. 9 to hear how one of the world’s most beloved religious leaders is shaping the debate on climate change and global…

An estimated 40 percent of all Chinese children in rural areas — as many as 60 million — are left behind. Photo by Blazej Mrozinski.

Children and Adversity

September 10, 2015

Making a plan can mean the difference in overcoming a difficult childhood, while just thinking about those difficulties can drag down the child. A set of four new studies from researchers at USC and Southwest University in…

<em>Trichodesmium</em> is one of the few organisms in the ocean that can “fix” atmospheric nitrogen gas. Photo courtesy of Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

Bacteria in Overdrive

September 8, 2015

Imagine being in a car with the gas pedal stuck to the floor, heading toward a cliff’s edge. Metaphorically speaking, that’s what climate change will do to the key group of ocean bacteria known as Trichodesmium,…

The iconic shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film <em>Psycho</em> still raises goosebumps, and for good reason.

8 Reasons Psycho Taps into the Psyche

September 8, 2015

September 8 marked the 55th anniversary of the release of Alfred Hitchcock’s quintessential film Psycho. Despite the evolution of digital technology and special effects, many critics believe Marion’s slashing…