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2011 News Archives

Remo Rohs of USC Dornsife studies the different shapes of two Hox-DNA binding sites. Photo by Jie Gu.

The Shape of Things to Come

December 8, 2011

A USC Dornsife scientist has developed an innovative method of predicting the shape of DNA, for the first time making it expedient to do so on a genomic scale. “DNA can have variations in shape, which are read by…

In recent years in southern California, there has been an increase of shellfish including clams pictured here becoming poisoned due to toxin events in the ocean. USC researchers are working on early detection of harmful algal blooms.

Curtailing Poisonous Shellfish

December 8, 2011

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has granted $4 million to a team including USC scientists for a five-year project to investigate early detection of potentially deadly algal blooms — known as…

Peter Berton, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations at USC, was born in Poland and at age 6 moved to Harbin, China, one of the largest Jewish communities in the Far East. He studied violin in Japan and after waiting 12 years for a visa to come to the United States, began graduate studies at Columbia University. Berton became a consultant for the Library of Congress one year after his arrival to the U.S. Photo by Jie Gu.

The "Godfather" of Japanese Studies

December 8, 2011

Dapper in a formal tailcoat, Peter Berton stood between American and Japanese flags as he accepted the Order of the Rising Sun. The Japanese government honored the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations…

One of four USC Mock Trial Team squads claimed first place in the University of Pennsylvania’s Quaker Classic Tournament in Philadelphia, Penn. Pictured from left to right: Gina Davidson, USC Mock Trial Team assistant coach; USC Dornsife freshmen David Nemeschansky, Courtney Chao, and Mitchell Diesko; Olu K. Orange, USC Mock Trial Team head coach; USC Dornsife junior Christen Philips; USC Dornsife sophomore Nerses Aposhian; USC Marshall School of Business freshman Kevin Fu and Lauren Herz, USC Mock Trial Team assistant coach.

USC Mock Trial Team Dominates East Coast Competition

December 1, 2011

In a Philadelphia courtroom, USC Mock Trial Team member Lauren Ige confidently stood before a judge and argued that a man who drove with a blood alcohol level higher than the legal limit of .08 and crashed his car killing a…

USC Dornsife alumna Dawn Powell spent her Fulbright year investigating Sino-Brazilian economic relations in Brazil. Powell enjoys the sunset on Sugar Loaf mountain after a day of interviews in Rio de Janeiro. Photo courtesy of Dawn Powell.

Brazil Should Welcome Chinese Investors, USC Dornsife Fulbright Fellow Says

December 1, 2011

On a humid August day in Rio de Janeiro, USC Dornsife alumna Dawn Powell boarded an un-air-conditioned bus bound for Luís Eduardo Magalhães, an agribusiness town in western Bahia. An hour into the trip, the…

JEP: Young Scientists Program

JEP Fights Childhood Obesity

November 30, 2011

When a fifth grader told Nadine Afari that pepperoni grows from the ground, the USC Young Scientists Program director decided her next event would teach children the differences between processed and natural foods. Afari had…

What makes you you? Panelists and audience members discuss what it means to find your authentic self during a recent event organized by USC Dornsife’s Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics. 1994 © New Line Cinema/Warner Bros.

Behind the Mask

November 30, 2011

When remembering Shakespeare’s words in Hamlet, “This above all: to thine own self be true,” most don’t consider that the play’s buffoon Polonius delivers the line. “In the context of the…

USC Dornsife professsor Katrina Edwards spent two months in the Mid-Atlantic. Photo by Phil Channing.

From Deep Sea to Dry Dock

November 23, 2011

This week a USC scientist who spent 65 days at sea in search of life hidden beneath the seafloor returns from a successful expedition, which she chronicled in regular blog posts from her ship. Katrina Edwards of USC Dornsife…

USC Dornsife professor Kenneth Nealson is working on an atmospheric monitor that will search for signs of life on Mars. Photo by Phil Channing.

Is the 'Dead Planet' Full of Life?

November 22, 2011

David Bowie asked it best in his 1971 song “Life on Mars?” But when it comes to the question of whether there’s currently life on the Red Planet, USC Dornsife professor Kenneth Nealson is fairly confident…

Danielle McLaughlin, a USC Dornsife staff member working in the School of International Relations, heads for the finish line during the International Triathlon Union Championship Series Beijing Grand Final in which she won a gold medal. Photo courtesy of the International Triathlon Union.

Running Toward Greatness

November 17, 2011

Let’s Talk About Cancer. This is a recent post title from 25-year-old Danielle McLaughlin’s blog, Cancer Ate My Foot. “Cancer put me through the ringer,” McLaughlin blogs. “I came out of it…