National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Recipients

Please join us in congratulating Lisa Bitel, Dean’s Professor of Religion and Professor of Religion and History, Deborah Holmes-Wong, Director, Digital Library, Lisa Pon, Professor of Art History, and Alexandre Roberts, Assistant Professor of Classics, for receiving The National Endowment for the Humanities grant award. Bitel’s grant award will be used towards research and writing, leading to a book on religious conversions to Christianity in early medieval Britain and Ireland. Holmes-Wong grant award will be used for the development of a workflow that would use advanced machine learning and annotation tools to extract and annotate text on maps across large historic map collections. Pon’s grant award will be used towards the development of a software connector between Unit and Scalar and the publication of a virtual reality experience of Pope Julius’s Stanza della Segnatura. Roberts’ grant award will be used towards research and writing as well, leading to a book on physics and alchemy in the pan-Mediterranean Byzantine world.

For more information on the National Endowment for the Humanities, please click here.

Appointment of New Distinguished and University Professors

Please join us in congratulating Estela Mara Bensimon, Yang Chai, Steve Kay, and Shrikanth Narayanan as University Professors and Susan Forsburg, Sherman Jackson, Behrokh Khoshnevis, Mahta Moghaddam, and Pedro Noguera in their new appointment as Distinguished Professors.

These exceptional faculty members have brought great distinction to the University. Recognizing each of them is an honor for President Folt and me. We look forward to celebrating their achievements at the annual Academic Honors Convocation.

We will soon be sending nominations to the USC community for the next round of appointees. For an updated list of all USC University and Distinguished Professors, please visit

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Official messages and status updates from USC

USC has taken several significant actions to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, similar to steps the city of Los Angeles and other local municipalities have announced.

We are continuing to monitor the rapidly evolving situation in light of information from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health about the community spread of the virus in the county.

The university’s leadership will continue to monitor the situation closely and will continue to provide updates as the situation evolves.

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Please view recent faculty-specific COVID-19 memorandums below: