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2011 News Archives

USC Dornsife's David Bottjer is searching for clues to the future by examining the past. Photo by Philip Channing.

And the Microbes Shall Inherit the Earth

October 12, 2011

Global warming is not a novel phenomenon, and by studying what happened to the planet during a period of global warming about 250 million years ago, one USC Dornsife scientist hopes to discover what could happen to us this…

A team of researchers led by Chien-Ping Ko, professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has generated the first extensive study of severe denervation occurring in specific muscles affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy, the leading genetic cause of infant mortality.

USC Scientist Targets Genetic Cause of Infant Mortality

October 12, 2011

The disease is heartbreaking. It turns babies into ragdolls and extinguishes lives just as they are getting started. But one USC Dornsife scientist is working to unravel the mystery behind the leading genetic cause of infant…

André Pineda, a public opinion researcher and pollster, taught the political science course “Political Attitudes and Behavior” in USC Dornsife in Spring 2009 and supported the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics housed in USC Dornsife.

In Memoriam: André Pineda, 46

October 10, 2011

André Pineda, a Democratic pollster, mentor and lecturer in USC Dornsife died on Sept. 27. He was 46. A mentor to young USC Dornsife politicos, Pineda was a public opinion researcher and pollster for New Mexico Gov.…

Matthew Michael Carnahan (B.A., international relations, '95) is a screenwriter in Arlington, Va. Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan.

Silver Screen Storyteller

October 6, 2011

Banging out scripts from his home office in Arlington, Va., Matthew Michael Carnahan finds that real-world stories drive his creativity. One night while searching for a USC Trojans football game on television, a blip of news…

Skylab astronaut and USC alumnus Jerry Carr presented Simca Bouma, a USC Dornsife student majoring in mathematics and physics, with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. The Astronaut Scholarship is the largest monetary award given in the United States to science and engineering undergraduate students based solely on merit. Photo by Jie Gu.

USC Dornsife Undergrad Named Astronaut Scholar

October 5, 2011

Skylab astronaut and USC alumnus Jerry Carr presented USC Dornsife student Simca Bouma with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) during a public presentation and ceremony. The event was held…

Twelve Posse scholars from New York City are navigating USC as a group. Half are pursuing majors in USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of George Sanchez, Posse students’ mentor, professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, and vice dean for diversity in USC Dornsife.

Leaders with Posse-bility

October 4, 2011

A few thousand miles from home, a dozen freshmen from New York City can’t picture themselves at USC without their posse. “You don’t realize how vital it is to have a support system until you’re…

Students can search and watch testimonies from the Shoah Foundation Institute's Visual History Archive from any networked computer on the USC campus. Photo credit by Mark Berndt

Survivors' Voices in the Classroom

September 30, 2011

The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education awarded stipends to three professors in USC Dornsife to support integrating video testimony from Holocaust survivors and other witnesses into their courses…

Inset: <em>Alexandrium catenella</em> algae, which USC Dornsife biologist David Caron and his colleagues are studying. Photo courtesy of David Caron. Image: Red tide caused by dinoflagellates off the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Pier in La Jolla, Calif., in 2005. Photo by Alejandro Díaz.

Toxic Red Tides: USC Scientist Tracks Neurotoxin-Producing Algae

September 30, 2011

With toxic algal blooms — which can increase the amount of harmful toxins in the shellfish that California residents consume — ramping up in frequency and severity locally, scientists in USC Dornsife have…

From left, Jeri Schuessler-Loynachan, Melisa Doyle, Lindsey Jones, Jennifer Permer, Darianne Dobbie, and Kayla Hengami meet to organize the USC Master of Liberal Studies Student Association (MLSSA).

Master of Liberal Studies Students Form Student Association

September 28, 2011

USC Student Affairs recently recognized the USC Master of Liberal Studies Student Association (MLSSA) as an official student academic organization of the university.  “We are excited to have this association to…

Photo by Phil Channing.

Bringing Out Your Best

September 28, 2011

Incoming undergraduates, would you like an engraved invitation to visit your professors during their office hours? Now you have one. Designated as Dornsife Faculty Fellows, 27 professors in USC Dornsife are building…