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2013 News Archives

Scott Fraser, a world leader in using advanced technologies to capture biological processes who has a joint appointment at USC Dornsife, recently presented his techniques to scientists during a technology and molecular science retreat. Photo by John Livzey.

Technology and Science Converge

June 12, 2013

What does a bacterial flange actually look like? Going way beyond the microscope, researchers from across several schools at USC and The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., gathered this month to discuss the latest…

Brain activity imaged by an fMRI while participants with stroke viewed others performing an action. Blue areas show decreased activity (likely where there are lesions caused by a stroke) while red areas show increased activity (thought to be regions of the brain working harder to make up for the damaged regions). Image courtesy of Kathleen Garrison.

Exercising the Brain

June 12, 2013

A new study has found that stroke patients’ brains show strong cortical motor activity when observing others performing physical tasks — a finding that offers new insight into stroke rehabilitation. Using…

From left: Frank Ticheli of USC Thornton School of Music, David St. John of USC Dornsife and John Alexander, artistic director of the 140-voice chorale and the Pacific Symphony, link hands and take a bow. They received an outpouring of emotion from the audience with three curtain calls at their premiere of <em>The Shore</em> at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Photo by Andy Templeton.

Shifting Sands

June 10, 2013

The poem begins playfully with a boy at the ocean’s shore.First the tide surprisesAs it slowly risesThen the watersOf a boy’s fearsDisappear What is left seemsPearled & litThe gleaming stones& the boy…

USC Dornsife's Remo Rohs (center) with Ph.D. candidates Carolina Dantas (holding a 3-D model of transcription factors bound to DNA) and Tianyin Zhou (holding a 3-D model of a nucleosome). Dantas and Zhou have each coauthored three of the papers that Rohs published in the last two months. Photo by Susan Bell.

1-D to 3-D Genomics

June 10, 2013

Since his recent selection as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, Remo Rohs continues to demonstrate the research and creativity necessary to become a leader in the scientific community. In April and May, the assistant…

Students recognized as outstanding undergraduates in biological sciences honors core courses display their awards with Albert Herrera, professor of biological sciences at USC Dornsife. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Scientific Superstars

June 10, 2013

Manan Shah has a passion for understanding how the brain works. Specifically, the USC Dornsife junior is interested in visual cognition — the complex process that interprets what we see into what we know. Shah studies…

Two-time USC swimming captain Alex Lendrum, above, and water polo’s Flora Bolonyai, both USC Dornsife undergraduates, were named to the Academic All-America First Team. Photo courtesy of Long Photography.

Academic All-American Accolades

June 7, 2013

Junior women’s water polo goalie Flora Bolonyai and senior men’s swimmer Alex Lendrum of USC Dornsife have been named to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America First Team, the first Trojan pair to collect the…

Led by Norman Arnheim and Peter Calabrese, molecular and computational biologists in USC Dornsife, a new study examines why the genetic disease Noonan syndrome is so common. Pictured is Arnheim.

Father’s Age Affects Offspring

June 6, 2013

Scientists in USC Dornsife have unlocked the mystery of why new cases of the genetic disease Noonan syndrome are so common — a mutation that causes the disease disproportionately increases a normal father’s…

Turning the Tide

June 6, 2013

Mitchell Lew holds a bachelor’s in biological sciences from USC Dornsife. He worked for 10 years in private practice in obstetrics and gynecology before moving over to the business side of medicine. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Alumnus Mitchell Lew named USC Trustee

June 5, 2013

Physician, health care entrepreneur and longtime USC volunteer Mitchell W. Lew ’83, MD ’87 has been elected to the USC Board of Trustees. Lew is CEO of Prospect Medical Systems, an independent physician association…

In March, students traveled to Russia, where they crossed five time zones on the Trans-Siberian Railroad en route from Moscow to Lake Baikal in central Siberia. The trip included cultural sightseeing in Moscow and on-site lectures by the Russian Academy of Sciences on environmental issues affecting the lake. Photo by Francesca Martens.

Breaking the Ice in Siberia

June 5, 2013

Spring break tends to conjure up images of tropical beaches, sunshine and around-the-clock swimsuit fashion. There’s one thing it definitely does not bring to mind: Siberia. Putting the “alternative” in…