USC biologist Steve Kay elected to the Royal Society of London

Fellows of the Royal Society of London have included Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Charles Darwin, and Stephen Hawking. This week, a new name has been added to that exclusive list: USC professor and scientist Steve A. Kay, Provost Professor of Neurology and Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences, and director of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience and the MESH Academy.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Kay is receiving this prestigious honor,” said USC Provost Michael W. Quick. “This is a remarkable recognition of his groundbreaking research and dedication to his field that is making a transformative impact on healthcare. It is a tremendous honor for him and for our university as a whole.”

The Royal Society of London is a fellowship of the world’s most distinguished scientists that was founded in 1660. Every year the Royal Society elects up to 52 new fellows. About 1,600 fellows and foreign members hold this distinguished title. Click here to read more.

USC Dornsife faculty members receive Guggenheim Fellowships

Susanna Berger and Robin Coste Lewis were among a diverse group of 168 scholars, artists and scientists selected by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation from a group of almost 3,000 applicants on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.

Berger will use the Guggenheim Fellowship to help her write a new book, tentatively titled Visual Expertise and the Aesthetics of Deception in Early Modern Italy. Berger developed her new book project while a fellow at Villa I Tatti, Harvard University’s Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.

Lewis, who is the poet laureate of Los Angeles, will use her Guggenheim Fellowship to finish To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness, her next full-length poetry collection. Drawing parallels between the history of exploration in the Arctic and constructions of race, the collection will show photos from her personal family archive alongside poems about northern expansion. The project is tentatively scheduled for publication in 2020. Click here to read more.


$50 Million Provost Initiative on Fostering Our Diverse Community

In his November 1, 2018 memo, Provost Quick outlined important new steps in USC’s ongoing efforts to foster diversity in our academic community. The first of these new initiatives is an ambitious joint program in which the Office of the Provost, working with the schools, will allocate a total of $50 million in new funds to match funding that schools employ towards the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Training to Foster Diversity in Faculty Hiring