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This Leiopathes coral is estimated to be more than 4,200 years old.

Oceanic fossils suggest current climate models misrepresent El Niño

December 17, 2015

An analysis of fossil corals and mollusk shells from the Pacific Ocean reveals there is no link between the strength of seasonal differences and El Niño, a complex but irregular climate pattern with large impacts on…

Alarming or exciting moments are known as “emotionally arousing” events, and they can enhance or hinder our ability to make memories.

Why we remember — or forget — details of alarming moments

December 16, 2015

When someone walks down the street and is startled by a car accident, what determines whether they clearly remember the details of what they were doing prior to the crash? Paradoxically, such alarming or exciting moments…

Art Auerbach of political science introduces the USC Dornsife students who will present representatives of the advocacy coalition Parks Now with findings from their research on millennials and public parks. Photo by Michelle Boston.

Students find solutions for policy challenges

December 16, 2015

“How do millennials engage with parks and green spaces? And, how can we incentivize them to support park policy measures? We seek to answer those questions.” Liz Schaeffer, a senior studying political science and…

USC Dornsife's Scott Kanoski studies the way the brain controls how and why we eat. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

‘Hunger hormone’ turns eating less into eating more

December 15, 2015

Looking to avoid overeating during those big holiday meals? You might want to avoid fasting in the days beforehand. Cycles of food restriction unleash a “hunger hormone” that increases the capacity to eat more…

Young students from James A. Foshay Learning Center pose with the new books they received as holiday gifts from their USC student tutors. Photos courtesy of Tina Koneazny.

Elementary school students receive donated books for the holidays from their USC student tutors

December 14, 2015

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz once said, “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” Recently, USC student tutors from the Joint Educational Project (JEP) did just that when they distributed 600…

Cancer cells proliferate at a more accelerated speed than healthy ones. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Researcher hopes to use fluorescence to target tumors

December 14, 2015

Cancer usually manifests itself in tumors that proliferate quickly. This happens because tumor cells have higher quantities of cell surface growth factors than regular ones, which causes them to develop at accelerated…

Through dispatches from the workforce, graduate school and abroad, a few recent graduates talk about how their experiences after USC have matched up with their expectations.

Game of Life

December 14, 2015

College students hear an awful lot about the “real world.” Relatives, professors, neighbors and even well-meaning strangers feel compelled to dispense advice about this almost mythical place. For some it can…

YSP TA Alison Kamikawa, a junior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention at USC, helps Weemes Elementary students Samantha Hidalgo (left) and Clarissa Varela, play computer games using Makey Makeys, a program board that allows them to substitute conductive substances like modeling clay or bananas for computer keys. Photos by Susan Bell.

Making science cool for kids

December 11, 2015

Sporting a black USC Dornsife Young Scientists Program T-shirt, fourth grader Lea Stevenson was proudly clutching her first-ever flash drive — a gift to each student who participated in the computer workshop organized by…

Even once they arrive on European soil, the journey is not over for these exhausted refugees.

USC Dornsife experts analyze Europe’s refugee crisis: Part 3

December 11, 2015

Record numbers of refugees continue to make their way from the Middle East — and particularly war-torn Syria — to Europe. As the situation escalates and winter approaches, USC Dornsife experts Laurie Brand, Robert…

Tens of thousands of refugees, many from war-torn Syria, are living in refugee camps after fleeing violence and oppression in their homeland.

USC Dornsife experts analyze Europe’s refugee crisis: Part 2

December 10, 2015

More than 710,000 people fleeing war and poverty have entered the European Union in the first nine months of this year — more than double the number in all of 2014, according to EU border agency Frontex. The majority are…