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Individual populations of mosquitoes are likely to have evolved resistance to whatever local selection pressures are typical in their area. Photo by Vectorbase.org.

Humans Push Mosquitoes to Adapt

June 25, 2015

Every time you put on bug spray this summer, you’re launching a strike in the ongoing war between humans and mosquitoes — one that is rapidly driving the evolution of the pests. Scientists studying mosquitoes in…

Data scientist and researcher Ravi Iyer believes psychology is an important tool for understanding people-generated data. Photo courtesy of Ravi Iyer.

Data King

June 24, 2015

Have you ever pondered what Stevie Wonder album is the world’s best? Or, which are the best TV shows to binge-watch? Do you want to know which are the most important goals in life? Or, has it even crossed your mind to…

Angela Flournoy, a Southern California native, has had a lifelong relationship with Detroit, where her father was raised. Photo by LaToya T. Duncan.

This Must Be the Place

June 23, 2015

Angela Flournoy can recall an early visit to Detroit with her father when she was a young girl. He drove Flournoy and her sister around the East Detroit neighborhood where he had grown up, pointing out the locations of…

The stress of frequent exposure to family conflict takes a toll on the teenage brain, according to researchers in USC Dornsife's psychology department.

Parents’ yelling takes heavy toll on teens

June 22, 2015

Parents’ yelling is a turnoff for teens, but don’t mistake their emotional shutdown as a sign of ennui. It may be a sign of aggression. In a recent study, researchers at USC Dornsife explored how the stress of…

Valter Longo has previously shown how fasting can help starve out cancer cells while protecting immune and other cells from chemotherapy toxicity.

Fasting-type diet appears to slow aging

June 22, 2015

Want to lose abdominal fat, get smarter and live longer? New research led by USC’s Valter Longo shows that periodically adopting a diet that mimics the effects of fasting may yield a wide range of health benefits. In a…

Pieces such as this untitled pebble sculpture helped build Dadaist Kurt Schwitters’ reputation as the  “father of installation art.” Assistant Professor Megan Luke of art history chronicles the artist’s struggles under Nazism and in later exile.

Portrait of an Artist in Exile

June 19, 2015

A fresh look at a celebrated artist’s life and place in history has received the Robert Motherwell Book Prize — a $10,000 award from the Dedalus Foundation for the author of “an outstanding publication in the…

Image of a retina produced by the OCT-angiography process, which screens for diabetic retinopathy. Photo courtesy of the Translational Imaging Center.

A Better Way to Prevent Blindness

June 12, 2015

More than 7.7 Americans suffer from diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness in American adults, according to the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health. However, current diagnostic methods are…

Professor of Psychology Margaret Gatz is determined to help families of dementia sufferers recognize early symptoms of the disease. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Forgotten Memories

June 11, 2015

When aging grandfather and Mariachi musician Don Memo Valdez becomes increasingly forgetful and irritable, his family starts to worry. Don Memo’s wife expresses dismay at her husband’s memory lapses while his…

The study examined coverage of women’s sports by LA network affiliates and ESPN’s <em>SportsCenter</em>, seen here. Photo courtesy of ESPN.com.

TV News Tunes Out Women’s Sports

June 10, 2015

A USC Dornsife study of TV news media has found that coverage of women’s sports has barely budged in a quarter-century, despite dramatic increases in the number of girls and women playing youth, high school, college and…

Tiffany Lian is conducting research in the laboratory of Professor Raymond Stevens, director of The Bridge@USC. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Targeting Hearts

June 10, 2015

While growing up in California, junior Tiffany Lian traveled annually to her father’s homeland of Indonesia. It pained her to see her grandfather suffer from a chronic heart condition — which, after many years…

Passports at the ready: This year's Fulbright Fellowships take USC Dornsife recipients around the globe.

Meet the Fabulous Fulbrights

June 8, 2015

This year’s bumper crop of USC Dornsife Fulbright recipients includes nine alumni, four doctoral students and one undergraduate. Their fellowships enable them to span the globe, taking them to Northern Ireland, Thailand,…

PWP: Borrego Springs

Boots on the Ground, Minds in the Sky

June 5, 2015

Buffeted by a chilly wind blowing from the choppy grey waters of Southern California’s Salton Sea, the group of USC students stood on the vast inland lake’s southern shore and gazed out across the desolate beauty…

Assistant Professor of English Anna Journey is currently working on her third volume of poetry. Photo by Stephanie Diani.

Journey into the Grotesque

June 3, 2015

Described as “magical” by provocative filmmaker David Lynch, Anna Journey’s first book of poetry, If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting (University of Georgia Press, 2009), was selected for inclusion in the…

A tsunami caused by the San Andreas? Nope. Image from <em>San Andreas</em> courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Experts: Quake Movie a Bit Shaky

June 2, 2015

The new disaster flick San Andreas takes a harsh look at what might happen if the largest earthquake in history struck the West Coast: crumbling skyscrapers, a towering tsunami and gaping gashes in the ground. But could it…

Illustrations by Nigel Buchanan for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

The Great Explorers

June 1, 2015

Score one, make that two, for women in the workforce. Although born generations apart, Virginia Carter and Alexia Tsotsis let their passions be their guide and broke through in male-dominated fields. Carter earned her wings in…

Akir Gutierrez ’95 found growing up near USC was a key factor to his academic and career success. Photos courtesy of Akir Gutierrez.

Independence Days

May 28, 2015

When Akir Gutierrez ’95 was growing up on 37th Street and South Normandie Avenue in Los Angeles, he wasn’t aware of the formal relationship between achieving dreams and the power of visualization. This much,…

The jet stream over North America. Photo courtesy of NASA.gov.

5 Factors Affecting California’s Drought

May 27, 2015

What conditions and factors prompted our drought? Why has it persisted? Why are we running out of water? Five experts — from USC Dornsife, USC Viterbi School of Engineering and USC Price School of Public Policy —…

Michele Felberg, a graduate of the USC Dornsife Environmental Studies program and the USC Scientific Diving program. Photo courtesy of Michele Felberg.

Diving into Success

May 20, 2015

Michele Felberg ’13 knows the connection between tourism and the marine environment — that’s where she's worked for the past two years. With the help of a prestigious scholarship, she wants to study how…

Keith Pluymers and Zhe Zhang have both secured postdoctoral positions for the Fall. Pluymers is bound for the California Institute of Technology, and Zhang will further her research at the Weill Cornell Medical College. Photos by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Guided by ‘What If?’

May 13, 2015

Doctoral researchers Keith Pluymers and Zhe Zhang followed very different paths to USC Dornsife — however, their motivations were essentially the same. As children, both dared to imagine that they could make a…

Meet three USC Dornsife graduating seniors: Shea Livingston, Karen Arcos and Thomas Armstrong.

Three of the Best

May 13, 2015

Shea Livingston After Shea Livingston’s grandfather died in 2010, she and her mother were sorting through his papers when they found an extraordinary document: a leather-bound graduation program embossed with the words…

Dictionary.com recently added dozens of new words to its database, including “slacktivism,” “lifehack” and “agender.”

Spread the Word

May 12, 2015

Edward Finegan, professor emeritus of linguistics and law, recently spoke with a medical doctor who teaches at the University of Georgia. In the course of their discussion, Finegan brought up the word “agender,”…

Standard of Excellence

May 11, 2015

Alexander Yuen — Valedictorian When Alexander Yuen steps to the podium on Friday to give his valedictory address at USC’s 132nd commencement, it’ll be with a sense of trepidation and déjà…

Gordon Brown Lectures

Our Global World

May 8, 2015

When Gordon Brown, former prime minister of the United Kingdom, entered the hushed lecture hall on USC’s University Park campus, he started at the back. Much to the delight of the assembled undergraduates packing the…

In a recent Barbra Streisand Lecture, psychotherapist Esther Perel explored the complexities of sustaining desire in long-term relationships and offered recommendations for rekindling eroticism. Photos by Susan Bell.

Unlocking Erotic Intelligence

May 7, 2015

When Esther Perel arrived at USC to deliver a Barbra Streisand Professor Lecture on April 27, she began by talking about her recent TED Talk on infidelity. “Monica Lewinsky started the day and I closed the day,”…