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The study findings may offer a tasty salvo against rising obesity rates and health care costs. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

A Gift for Better Eating

July 28, 2015

It’s not easy to lose weight in our “super-sized” nation, but researchers at USC Dornsife and the USC Marshall School of Business have found that even modest incentives to eat smaller portions work in a big…

Dana and David Dornsife on a visit to Ethiopia with the humanitarian organization World Vision, which tackles the causes of poverty and injustice. Photo courtesy of Drexel University.

Dornsifes Named First Water Warriors

July 28, 2015

Dana and David Dornsife have been named among the first recipients of the Water Warrior Award presented by the humanitarian organization World Vision. The Dornsifes, philanthropists who in 2011 gave the largest single gift…

Material from landslides is filling up riverbeds with sediment. Photo by Greg Willis.

Quakes, Landslides, Now Floods?

July 28, 2015

For Nepal, the hits just keep coming. It started with a Magnitude 7.8 earthquake in April, which led to aftershocks that are ongoing even now. All of the shaking triggered what are estimated to be more than 5,000 landslides,…

We spend a third of our lives in slumber — or we should — and USC researchers are studying the phenomenon and learning ways we can all improve our sleep habits.

Science of Sleep

July 24, 2015

In the classic fairy tale, Snow White bites into an apple and slips into a state ofsuspended animation. For her fellow figment of fiction, man-about-the-Catskills character Rip Van Winkle, a sip of moonshine affords the luxury…

Singapore served as the host country for a recent conference on economics.

Behavioral Economics in Singapore

July 23, 2015

Members of the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) are in a long-distance relationship with Singapore. This summer on the island nation, the center and several other organizations held “Frontiers…

Graduate student Melina Butuci and Matthew Michael, professor of biological sciences, study genome instability in primordial germ cells using special fluorescent dyes to help them visualize damage to DNA. Photo courtesy of Melina Butuci.

Germ Cell Genomics Discovery

July 23, 2015

The environment within a cell is a paradoxical balance of order and chaos. Proteins, DNA and countless other biological molecules tumble together in a wildly turbulent system that somehow holds together to engender life. In…

Associate Professor of Political Science Jeb Barnes. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

How Policy Shapes Politics

July 21, 2015

Jeb Barnes, associate professor of political science, recently co-authored How Policy Shapes Politics: Rights, Courts, Litigation, and the Struggle Over Injury Compensation. The book delves into the nation’s increasing…

Eleven postdoctoral fellows are joining USC as part of a collaboration with Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, Mexico’s equivalent of the United States’ National Science Foundation.

Mexican Postdocs Welcomed

July 17, 2015

USC and the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) have announced the selection of 11 researchers from Mexico who will join USC this fall as part of a new initiative to jointly fund them as postdoctoral…

A landmark agreement struck Tuesday may reinvigorate relations between western nations and Iran, though USC experts Jacques Hymans and Josh Lockman caution that much work remains.

USC Experts on Iran Nuclear Deal

July 15, 2015

The historic accord with Iran announced Tuesday would reportedly limit the nation’s nuclear ability in exchange for lifting international oil and financial sanctions. Experts from USC Dornsife and USC Gould School of Law…

Rob Paravonian combined his love of writing and making people laugh to forge a career in comedy. Photo by Elia Lyssy.

To Wit

July 14, 2015

When Rob Paravonian opened 12 shows on comedy titan George Carlin’s final tour across the country, he waited until the seventh show before asking to take a photo together. Paravonian didn’t want to come off as a…