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Research associate Shayantani Mukherjee and USC Dornsife professor Arieh Warshel liken the rotation of F1-ATPase to that of a fan.

USC Scientists Build Working Model of Life’s Engine

January 27, 2012

Researchers at USC have built a theoretical working model of the cellular engine that powers all life. The model will allow scientists to better understand the forces of life at the molecular level and potentially replicate…

USC Dornsife's Katrina Edwards, left, examines a sample during a deep-sea expedition. Photo by Bill Crawford.

Life Discovered on Dead Hydrothermal Vents

January 27, 2012

Scientists at USC have uncovered evidence that even when hydrothermal sea vents go dormant and their blistering warmth turns to frigid cold, life goes on. Or rather, it is replaced. A team led by USC Dornsife microbiologist…

Richard Brutchey’s research at USC Dornsife focuses on the synthesis, surface chemistry and applications of inorganic nanocrystals for solar energy conversion and energy storage. In addition to being named a 2012 Emerging Investigator by <em>ChemComm</em>, he was recently presented with a Raubenheimer Junior Faculty Award, the highest award bestowed to faculty in USC Dornsife. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Nod to the Nanoscale

January 26, 2012

Richard Brutchey, assistant professor of chemistry, was recently lauded for his work as a researcher by ChemComm, a leading chemical sciences journal published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. ChemComm named Brutchey a 2012…

Jeb Barnes, associate professor of political science in USC Dornsife and a Dornsife Faculty Fellow, discusses congressional efforts to reform asbestos litigation in his new book, Dust-Up: Asbestos Litigation and the Failure of Commonsense Policy Reform (Georgetown University Press, 2011). Barnes photo by Alexandra Bissonnette.

What Lies Beneath the Asbestos Crisis

January 23, 2012

When thousands of workers filed lawsuits against employers in search of asbestos injury compensation, Congress planned to create a national social insurance program for asbestos claims but failed. A new book written by USC…

Oskar Schindler (second from right) puts a face on good human conduct, a theme explored in Glenn Fox's research on gratitude. The research of USC Dornsife's Fox has earned him an award from the Oskar Schindler Humanities Foundation. Schinder, who outwitted Hitler and the Nazis to save more Jews from the gas chambers than any other during World War II, is pictured here in Munich, Germany in 1946 with some of the people he rescued. Copyright © United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C./Leopold Page Photographic Collection.

From the Bottom of My Heart

January 20, 2012

Put yourself in the position of a Jew during World War II who escapes to France penniless and is forced to beg on the streets. A passerby gives you roasted peanuts — your first morsel of food in several days. You are…

Thomas C. Cox, associate professor emeritus of history in USC Dornsife, was a leading historian in African American studies and American intellectual and social history. The native of Topeka, Kan., began his 29-year tenure at USC Dornsife in 1982 as assistant professor of history. He became emeritus associate professor of history in 2008. Photo courtesy of Gerry Cox.

In Memoriam: Thomas C. Cox, 72

January 19, 2012

Thomas C. Cox, associate professor emeritus of history in USC Dornsife and a leading historian in African American studies and American intellectual and social history has died. He was 72. Cox died at home in Pasadena,…

Steven Lopez, professor of psychology in USC Dornsife, addresses a group of promotoras and family members of relatives who are mentally ill at a Casa de Salud private home in Puebla, Mexico. Photo by Ava Casados.

Mexico Program Targets Care for Mentally Ill

January 19, 2012

In a neighborhood in Puebla, Mexico, a dozen promotoras — health care workers who screen ill people to determine what level of doctor care they need — gathered at a private home for a platica — or chat…

USC Dornsife's Bosco S. Tjan (above) and USC graduate student Anirvan S. Nandy theorized in a new paper that peripheral vision is hindered by the visual experience formed in the brain during eye movements. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

USC Scientists Keep Their Eyes on Peripheral Vision

January 19, 2012

Two USC scientists are bringing peripheral vision into focus, showing that the way the brain sharpens its attention while the eyes are in motion leads to false assumptions about how objects should look. The eye’s…

From left, corresponding authors Alain Goeppert, George Olah and G. K. Surya Prakash collaborated on the project with other USC researchers. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Material Cleans Carbon Dioxide from the Air

January 19, 2012

A team of USC scientists has developed an easy-to-make material that can scrub large amounts of carbon dioxide from the air. One day in the future, large artificial trees made from the material could be used to lower the…

In the Fall special topics course "The Fantastic in Modern East Asian Literature and Film," USC undergraduates and graduate students learned the film <em>Godzilla</em>, created by Japanese film director Ishirō Honda in 1954, represents the United States and Japan’s fears about the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Image credit: 1954 © Toho Co., Ltd.

A Fantastical Take on Reality

January 17, 2012

Watching the film Godzilla with his classmates, USC senior Elton Keung initially saw the scaly creature as nothing more than a monster stomping through the streets of Tokyo, Japan. Keung was surprised to learn that the…