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A microscopic image shows the type of phytoplankton and bacteria observed by USC researchers during a study of algal blooms. Photo courtesy of David Needham and Jed Fuhrman.

Microorganisms battle it out within algal blooms

March 8, 2016

An unseen war raging among the ocean’s tiniest organisms has significant implications for understanding the ocean’s role in climate change, according to a new study. USC Dornsife researchers David Needham and Jed…

Photos by Djak Azran.

No RuPaul-ogies: Alpha Mulugeta

March 7, 2016

“I like my body,” Alpha Mulugeta ’06 declared with a subtle rasp to his voice. A midsummer cold belied his normally dulcet tone. “I’m gender variant, but that doesn’t mean I want to be a…

Dawn Gross interviewing her first mentor, Jeffrey Mandel, a hospice and palliative medicine doctor practicing in the Bay Area, during the launch of her radio show, "Dying to Talk." Photo courtesy of Dawn Gross.

Alumna and physician transforms end-of-life conversations from dread to discovery

March 7, 2016

Dawn Gross knows how to talk about death. “I’ve asked hundreds of terminally ill patients, ‘If I had a magic wand, what would you wish for?’ And not one of them has ever answered, ‘Cure…

Functional MRI scanners provide maps of signals in the brain, but scientists know these maps may be slightly inaccurate. Photo by Janne Moren.

Rare eye condition gives scientists a chance to improve brain scan studies

March 3, 2016

There is an elephant in the room each time scientists conduct a brain scan study. Functional MRI scans provide colorful maps of signals in the brain, but scientists know these maps may be slightly inaccurate. That’s…

California Crown clothing company was founded by Jay Perlman, left, and his business partner Misu Minhaz. Both men graduated from USC Dornsife in 2012. Photos courtesy of Jay Perlman.

Alumnus nurtures an idea and grows a business with the help of his Trojan community

March 2, 2016

When Jay Perlman rolled out of bed one morning in 2013, he saw a notification in his email that a new order had been placed to California Crown, his fledgling online clothing company. When he logged in to the site to take a…

Frontline Scholar: Sophie

Frontline Scholar: Sophie

March 1, 2016

Sophie Wix ’18 knew from an early age that she wanted to be on the cutting edge of cancer research. Working toward that goal, she took advantage of the opportunity to perform research at The Bridge@USC, where she…

Moderator David Sloane, right, poses a question to George Sanchez and Douglas Bradburn, left, during the George Washington Leadership Lecture. Photo by Tom Queally.

USC Dornsife’s George Sanchez explores complex, long-standing immigration issues

March 1, 2016

Immigration seems like a modern challenge, but many of the issues now being debated by presidential candidates regarding immigration and naturalization policies were topics considered by the nation’s first…

Richard Brutchey of chemistry and his colleagues have created a parallel reactor to improve the manufacture of nanoparticles. Image courtesy of Richard Brutchey.

Researchers find way to produce nanomaterials on a larger scale

March 1, 2016

Nanoparticles — tiny particles 100,000 times smaller than the width of a strand of hair — can be found in everything from drug delivery formulations to pollution controls on cars to high-definition TV sets. With…

Each solar year isn't exactly 365.25 days long, so it's not quite correct to add a day every four years. When a year is divisible by 100, but not by 400, leap day is skipped.

The perks and trials of having a birthday every four years

February 28, 2016

Most of you probably know that 2016 is a leap year, but did you know that leap day doesn’t occur quite every four years? When a year is divisible by 100, but not by 400, leap day is skipped. For instance, there was…

Ange-Marie Hancock of political science, gender studies and sociology has written a new book on intersectionality, which looks at the relationship between power and race, gender, class and sexuality.

To better understand how society works, take a closer look at the intersections

February 26, 2016

The United States, though led by an African American president, has witnessed the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. In Scandinavia, largely a progressive, socially oriented and egalitarian region, violence against women…