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2013 News Archives

These two paintings reflecting appreciation for the complexities and similarities of our diverse natural world won second place in the "I Am USC Dornsife" contest for artist Brittany Lala, a neuroscience and biological sciences double major. Photo by Sonya Vanhoof.

Unlimited, Unbounded, Infinite

March 28, 2013

Growing up in Delaware, Rebecca Braun felt like “a lemon tree in a pot several sizes too small” — there was so much she wanted to see and do, but her world somehow seemed narrow. So she chose to attend USC…

Former California Gov. George Deukmejian stands with USC Dornsife undergraduate Janet Shamilian, who is earning a bachelor’s in political science and progressive master’s degree in public administration, during Deukmejian’s recent visit at USC. Photo by Shahe Melian/Arka Photography.

‘If I Could Do It . . .’

March 28, 2013

During a recent talk at USC, California’s former Gov. George Deukmejian, recounted his efforts to have the slaying of 1.5 million Armenians by the present-day Republic of Turkey during and after World War I recognized as…

Elena Pierpaoli, professor of physics and astronomy in USC Dornsife, and her team generate the most detailed map to date made of cosmic background radiation — the  oldest light in the universe. Photo by Roger Snider.

The Dawn of Time

March 25, 2013

The universe is 80 million years older and is expanding more slowly than previously believed, according to new findings that still appear to confirm the standard model of cosmology. The data was gathered by the European Space…

William Van Cleave directed the Strategic Studies Program in USC Dornsife's School of International Relations, where he was professor of international relations, from 1967 to 1987. Here, he teaches in his earlier years. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Van Cleave.

In Memoriam: William Van Cleave, 77

March 21, 2013

William Van Cleave, former senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan, the United States Department of Defense, Department of State, and former professor of international relations in USC Dornsife, has died. He was 77. Van…

Amy Gross and Christian Ramos, both fourth-grade teachers at Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School near USC, proudly display abstract shapes they created from paper plates to find the center of mass — just one example of a fun and inexpensive classroom project they can use to engage and inspire their students in STEM subjects. Photos by Susan Bell.

Springboard to Teaching STEM

March 21, 2013

Like divers, 60 teachers, magnet coordinators and principals from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) lifted their arms high over their heads and flexed their knees as if preparing to plunge from imaginary…

Ph.D. candidate in marine environmental biology in USC Dornsife Johanna Holm is collaborating on a digital application based on the children's picture book <em>Flotsam</em>. Here, the team has posted images and notes detailing how the "dynamic book" will evolve. Photo courtesy of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab.

A Flotsam of Innovation

March 20, 2013

A scientific diver, USC Dornsife’s Johanna Holm, has become a “transmedia storyteller.” The Ph.D. candidate in marine environmental biology is helping transform the award-winning children’s book…

USC Dornsife undergraduate twins Jazmin (left) and Cynthia Vidana teach children to read through the Joint Educational Project (JEP). Photo by Carlos Puma.

Naming Gift for JEP Library

March 19, 2013

Marking the first naming of a space in the JEP House, the Tesoriero family has designated funds from their USC Associates Provost-level membership to advance this community-based program. The Tesoriero’s gift will…

<em>The Thieves</em>, directed by Choi Dong-hoon, a blockbuster in Korea, follows the actions and double-dealings of two professional jewelry thieves. Choi spoke during the recent USC Korean Film Festival, co-organized by USC Dornsife’s Korean Studies Institute. Photo courtesy of Wellgo USC Entertainment.

Stealing the Spotlight

March 15, 2013

Korean film royalty visited campus earlier this month for the USC Korean Film Festival, organized by USC Dornsife’s Korean Studies Institute (KSI) and the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The festival spotlighted the works…

Researchers found atherosclerosis in 34 percent of the mummies studied, according to a recent study led by University Professor Caleb Finch, who has a joint appointment in USC Dornsife and the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Photo courtesy of <em>The Lancet</em>.

Lessons From Mummy

March 13, 2013

Like nearly 4.6 million Americans, ancient hunter-gatherers also suffered from clogged arteries, revealing that the plaque buildup causing blood clots, heart attacks and strokes is not just a result of fatty diets or couch…

Susan Forsburg, professor of molecular biology in USC Dornsife (left), led a team in a study recently published in <em>Cell Reports</em>, that shed light on the centromere — the center of the “X” shape of a chromosome. Forsburg's former Ph.D. student, Pao-Chen Li (right), now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, was among the co-authors. Photo by Eric O’Connell.

The Synergistic Effect

March 11, 2013

USC Dornsife scientists have discovered how two different structural apparatuses collaborate to protect repetitive DNA when it is at its most vulnerable — while it is being unzipped for replication. The centromere…