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2014 News Archives

Matthew Dean of biological sciences, (left), and Jim Dines searched through more than 10,000 boxes of unsorted cetacean bones in search of pelvic bones. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Whale Mating: In the Hips

September 10, 2014

Both whales and dolphins have pelvic (hip) bones, evolutionary remnants from when their ancestors walked on land more than 40 million years ago. Common wisdom has long held that those bones are simply vestigial, slowly…

Cavan Concannon explores how St. Paul appealed to early Christian communities in Corinth by reinforcing a shared ethnicity rather than a shared religion, the latter a more modern social category. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Rethinking Early Christianity

September 9, 2014

Cavan Concannon likens contributing to the massive scholarship on Paul the Apostle to finding a spot on a New York City subway at rush hour. “All you can do is elbow your way in,” said the assistant professor of…

Going Up: Crafting Your Elevator Pitch

Perfect Your Pitch

September 9, 2014

Are you traditional or original? Tough or tender? Scheduled or spontaneous? Critical or accepting? These were some of the options sophomore Brian Lam, a biochemistry major, contemplated as he completed an online…

Senior Molly Fender has combined her love of gaming and her interest in children's brain development as a researcher in the USC Minds in Development Lab. Photo courtesy of Molly Fender.

Game On

September 4, 2014

Sitting at a desk, Molly Fender boomed her signature infectious laugh. Broadcasting via the online gaming platform Twitch, viewers watched as the senior cognitive science major at USC Dornsife prepared to play a bout in the…

Chemistry professors Mark Thompson, left, and Karl Christe will receive awards from the American Chemical Society for their groundbreaking research during a ceremony in March 2015.

Thompson and Christe Lauded by ACS

September 4, 2014

Two USC Dornsife Department of Chemistry professors are set to receive awards from the American Chemical Society (ACS): Mark Thompson, the 2015 ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials, and Karl Christe, the 2015 ACS Award for…

Outgoing California State Sen. Mark Wyland will mentor students and provide political analysis at the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics housed in USC Dornsife.

Legislator-in-Residence

September 3, 2014

Outgoing California State Sen. Mark Wyland (R-Escondido) has joined the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC Dornsife as a legislator-in-residence. He replaces former State Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark). Joining…

A freshman team in the USC GeoScavenge event find a clue at Neil Armstrong’s statue. The event helped incoming students learn about the University Park campus. From left, Tayanna Todd, Molly Linder, Jennifer Wang and Sidrah Khan. Photos by Matt Meindl.

GeoScavenge Challenge

September 2, 2014

Freshman Sidrah Khan, a biological sciences major from Scottsdale, Arizona, peered at her smartphone. She was using it to scan the matrix barcode affixed to the base of the statue of astronaut Neil Armstrong in Archimedes…

University Professor Larry Swanson draws on 15 years of research for his new book, a comprehensive parts list that will aid researchers in their goal of mapping the human brain. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

A Lexicon of the Brain

September 2, 2014

In April 2013, University Professor Larry Swanson visited the White House in Washington, D.C., to hear President Barack Obama unveil his Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.…

Freshman Danyal Brink is at once avid athlete, sports fan, curious chemist and quoter of Latin. Photos by David Sprague.

Fusing Fun with Diligence

September 2, 2014

In an oversized white lab coat, khakis, polo shirt and gloves, Danyal Brink looks like a kid in an adult world. At 17, he’s delighted to be turned loose with electrodes and magnets and cylinders and spectroscopes for…

An expert in astronomy, astrophysics, rocket science and deep space exploration, Professor Emeritus Darrell Judge received the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award in 1974. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

In Memoriam: Darrell Judge, 79

August 29, 2014

Darrell Judge, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy and astronautical engineering at USC Dornsife, an expert in the fields of spectroscopy, space science and solar physics, and founding director of the USC Space…