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2013 News Archives

William Berelson, chair of the Department of Earth Sciences at USC Dornsife, collaborates at the high-vacuum line in his laboratory with Maria Prokopenko, who was lead author of a recent paper appearing in <em>Nature</em>. Photo by Erica Christianson.

The Nitrogen Cycle Intensified

August 14, 2013

In a discovery that further demonstrates just how unexpected and unusual nature can be, scientists have found two strains of bacteria whose symbiotic relationship is unlike anything seen before. Working with William Berelson,…

Incoming USC Dornsife freshman Ashley Knight is considering involvement in USC Greek Life, intramural sports, a cappella groups, and the USC Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs. Photo by Lillian Insalata.

From Kansas to California

August 9, 2013

Initially attracted to USC because of its location and the Southern California weather, incoming freshman Ashley Knight decided to join the university after learning about pre-health programs at USC Dornsife. An aspiring…

A new study led by postdoctoral research associate Qinghua He of USC Dornsife's Brain and Creativity Institute and published in <em>The Journal of Neuroscience</em> suggests that people who have difficulty reading could benefit from targeted therapies for specific parts of the brain. Image courtesy of Qinghua He.

It Takes a Village of Neurons

August 8, 2013

A combination of brain scans and reading tests has revealed that several regions in the brain are responsible for allowing humans to read. The findings open up the possibility that individuals who have difficulty reading may…

Aaron Lauda and Aravind Asok have won National Science Foundation CAREER awards for outstanding research and teaching. Asok will use part of his award to fund projects with artist and mathematician Lun-Yi Tsai. Shown is Tsai's artwork depicting a "winding number" which counts the number of times a line — think of rope — wraps around a hole (circle in the center). &copy; Lun-Yi Tsai.

Adding Up to a Robust CAREER

August 7, 2013

Aravind Asok and Aaron Lauda, both assistant professors of mathematics at USC Dornsife, have been selected to receive National Science Foundation CAREER awards. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a…

One project in USC’s Regenerative Medicine Initiative will explore zebrafish cells in an effort to more effectively heal severe bone damage in humans. When zebrafish jaws are damaged, special cartilage cells transform themselves into bone-producing cells called osteoblasts, shown here. Image courtesy of Carl Zeiss Microscopy.

Regenerative Research

August 7, 2013

Three newly assembled disease teams within USC Stem Cell will take the early steps this year that might lead to future stem-cell based therapies for certain forms of deafness, bone defects and pediatric leukemia. The teams…

By examining whole genome sequencing data of living Europeans in more than 40 populations, USC Dornsife’s Peter Ralph has found that the genetics of all human beings are linked more closely than previously believed. Photo by Susan Bell.

We Are Family

August 7, 2013

New research by Peter Ralph of USC Dornsife has confirmed that everyone on Earth is related to everyone else on the planet. So the Trojan Family is not just a metaphor. Turns out, we’re also linked by genetics more…

Jan Amend, who is affiliated with the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, housed in USC Dornsife, is leading a $6.7 million project to develop approaches for detecting and characterizing microbial life in the subsurface. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Life Underground

August 1, 2013

USC Dornsife researchers have embarked on a five-year project to look for microorganisms hundreds of meters below the surface — in deep mineshafts, boreholes and other sites — as part of the search for the limits…

At times, students traveled by camel during their research trip this summer for the "Field Geology" course taught by Meghan Miller, assistant professor of earth sciences at USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of Meghan Miller.

Shaking it up in Morocco

July 31, 2013

The dusty Land Cruiser bumped and rumbled along the Moroccan desert floor as our caravan approached the village of Merzouga under the light of a waxing moon.  A long day of travel behind us, the dunes in the distance…

In Hong Kong (pictured here), USC Dornsife students sat down for tea with Jiang Yu, deputy commissioner at the foreign affairs ministry, to discuss Chinese international policy and the relations between Hong Kong, Macau and China. In Hong Kong, students also met with Mike Chinoy, former CNN senior Asia correspondent and now a senior fellow at the USC US-China Institute.

Twin Cities of China

July 31, 2013

During a tropical downpour, Fan Fan and several of her classmates entered Victoria Park in Hong Kong one night in June. In every direction, people huddled under umbrellas, dressed in mourning black, and held flickering…

Trojan forward and USC Dornsife undergraduate Cassie Harberts. Photo courtesy of the USC Athletic Department.

Harberts Helps U.S. Claim Gold

July 29, 2013

USC Dornsife senior forward Cassie Harberts and the USA Women’s Basketball World University Games Team defeated Russia 90-71 on July 15 to capture gold in the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Harberts…