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Geoff Dyer visits Utah’s Spiral Jetty  by iconic land artist Robert Smithson, one of the places explored in his new book of essays, <em>White Sands</em>. Photo courtesy of Geoff Dyer.

USC Dornsife Writer in Residence Geoff Dyer publishes White Sands

May 31, 2016

Liberally infused with generous helpings of the author’s deadpan wit and philosophical wisdom, Geoff Dyer’s new book White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World is both enlightening and hilarious. In the…

Creative writing alumna Cory Martin published <em>Love Sick,</em> which chronicles her experience dating after learning she has multiple sclerosis. Photos courtesy of Cory Martin.

Writing offers purpose, connection for alumna diagnosed with MS

May 26, 2016

At 27, Cory Martin had the life any recent college graduate would dream of. She was living in Hollywood, writing scripts for TV — most notably for Fox’s teen drama The O.C. — and had a flourishing social…

Members of the Oneida Community playing croquet on the lawn of their imposing Mansion House in Madison Country, New York. Photo courtesy of Oneida Community.

From free love to well-set table

May 10, 2016

Oneida. For most Americans the name conjures up fine silverware. Few are aware that behind this secular symbol of middle-class respectability lies the story of a 19th-century religious community endowed with radical notions of…

A new USC study finds that children in LA County are growing up more economically segregated than 20 years ago.

Families with kids increasingly live near families like them

May 10, 2016

Neighborhoods are becoming less diverse and more segregated by income — but only among families with children, a new study has found. Study author Ann Owens, an assistant professor of sociology, examined census data…

The destructive power of volcanoes was captured by William Morgan in 1840 in a hand-colored lithograph. Ancient volcanic activity could serve as a model for modern-day climate change studies. Image courtesy of the USC Libraries Special Collections.

Ancient volcanoes could be key to predicting the impact of climate change

April 14, 2016

Just over 200 million years ago, long before the demise of the dinosaurs, a cataclysm killed off a significant chunk of the planet’s animal life. The leading theory implicates massive volcanic eruptions, triggered when…

Researchers labeled sensory neurons that are found in the skin. Green indicates protein receptors involved in cold sensation, those involved with pain are in red, and GFRα3, involved in heightening cold sensitization, is marked by blue. Photomicrograph courtesy of David McKemy.

Biology researchers find single gatekeeper guarding path to cold-induced pain

April 8, 2016

Cold can hurt. The onset of inflammation following an injury or as a result of disease can heighten pain response to cold, just as it can for pressure and heat sensitivity. Researchers at USC Dornsife have found that…

A microscopic image shows the type of phytoplankton and bacteria observed by USC researchers during a study of algal blooms. Photo courtesy of David Needham and Jed Fuhrman.

Microorganisms battle it out within algal blooms

March 8, 2016

An unseen war raging among the ocean’s tiniest organisms has significant implications for understanding the ocean’s role in climate change, according to a new study. USC Dornsife researchers David Needham and Jed…

Functional MRI scanners provide maps of signals in the brain, but scientists know these maps may be slightly inaccurate. Photo by Janne Moren.

Rare eye condition gives scientists a chance to improve brain scan studies

March 3, 2016

There is an elephant in the room each time scientists conduct a brain scan study. Functional MRI scans provide colorful maps of signals in the brain, but scientists know these maps may be slightly inaccurate. That’s…

Richard Brutchey of chemistry and his colleagues have created a parallel reactor to improve the manufacture of nanoparticles. Image courtesy of Richard Brutchey.

Researchers find way to produce nanomaterials on a larger scale

March 1, 2016

Nanoparticles — tiny particles 100,000 times smaller than the width of a strand of hair — can be found in everything from drug delivery formulations to pollution controls on cars to high-definition TV sets. With…

Ange-Marie Hancock of political science, gender studies and sociology has written a new book on intersectionality, which looks at the relationship between power and race, gender, class and sexuality.

To better understand how society works, take a closer look at the intersections

February 26, 2016

The United States, though led by an African American president, has witnessed the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. In Scandinavia, largely a progressive, socially oriented and egalitarian region, violence against women…