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February 2013 News Archives

USC Dornsife Nicos Petasis and his team explored the structure of resolvin D3 to better understand why and how it works to shut off inflammation. Image courtesy of Nicos Petasis.

Beyond Headache Relief

February 27, 2013

A team from USC Dornsife and Harvard University has uncovered a key biological mechanism that makes aspirin and omega-3 fatty acids effective at reducing inflammation. Doctors have long prescribed aspirin together with a diet…

The DNA double helix (shown here) is stabilized primarily by two forces: hydrogen bonds between nucleotides and base-stacking interactions among aromatic nucleobases.

Affordable DNA Sequencing

February 26, 2013

Two USC Dornsife scientists have developed an algorithm that could help make DNA sequencing affordable enough for clinics — and could be useful to researchers of all stripes. Andrew Smith, a computational biologist in…

Jewish businesses like Canter's Delicatessen line Fairfax Boulevard in Los Angeles. A population survey of the Jewish community in Southern California had not been conducted for 17 years, so USC Dornsife's Bruce Phillips led an effort to study the community. Photo by Alicia Di Rado.

Southland Jews Go Uncounted

February 22, 2013

How many Jews are there in Los Angeles? Hard to say, really: It’s been 17 years since anyone counted. That’s seven years longer than in Boston, New York, Seattle or Chicago, where the local Jewish Federations…

The experience students will have in the new molecular genetics and biochemistry progressive degree program is similar to a first year Ph.D. program, said USC Dornsife's Susan Forsburg. Here Forsburg stands with Michael Getz at his commencement, whom she mentored in her laboratory. Photo courtesy of Susan Forsburg.

Year of Research = Master’s

February 21, 2013

The USC Dornsife Department of Biological Sciences has launched a new progressive master’s degree in molecular genetics and biochemistry. The program gives students an opportunity to earn a graduate degree and immerse…

Valter Longo, associate professor of neurobiology in USC Dornsife, is corresponding author of an <em>Aging Cell</em> study indicating that mice with Alzheimer's disease showed improvements when given a protein-restricted diet. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Low-Protein Slows Alzheimer’s

February 19, 2013

Mice with many of the pathologies of Alzheimer’s disease showed fewer signs of the condition when given a protein-restricted diet supplemented with specific amino acids every other week for four months. At advanced…

USC Dornsife's Remo Rohs was chosen as a research fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, demonstrating his research accomplishments, creativity and potential to become a leader in the scientific community. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Remo Rohs Selected as Sloan Research Fellow

February 19, 2013

Remo Rohs of USC Dornsife has been selected as a research fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, it was announced today. Fei Sha of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering was also chosen. Rohs and Sha are among 126…

USC Dornsife lecturer and poet Dana Gioia advises students, "Don’t limit yourself to thinking the only thing a poet can do is teach poetry.” Photo courtesy of Aspen Institute.

The Gioia of Poetry

February 19, 2013

“La Vie Bohème” may be romantic, but even poets need to eat. Solving that dilemma is something many artists don’t give ample consideration to early in their lives, said Dana Gioia, Judge Widney…

Students in the course "Forensic Psychology: The Mind and the Legal System" take a tour of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of USC Summer Programs.

Summer@USC

February 15, 2013

Neda Davarpanah was surfing the USC Web site when she stumbled upon the Summer@USC Program. She spotted a workshop in creative writing. Serendipity. She applied and was accepted this past summer. “I want to pursue…

USC Dornsife scientists lead efforts to protect marine life during climate change by combining marine and evolutionary biology in an emerging field that requires new scientific models. Photo © Kristian Taylor 2013.

Battling Oceanic Climate Change

February 15, 2013

Changes to the temperature and chemistry of Earth's atmosphere are causing fundamental changes to the ocean, too. The water is getting warmer and more acidic, and those changes may reconfigure the microbial communities that…

Erroll Southers, left, and Raphael Bostic discuss gun control, transportation safety and national security at a Feb. 6 "Students Talk Back" forum organized by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, housed in USC Dornsife. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Students Take on Gun Control

February 14, 2013

David Meister, international relations major in USC Dornsife, believes in the Second Amendment. He said those cleared and not psychologically unstable should be permitted to carry a firearm. “That being said, I’m…