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Named Penelope by researchers, this elephant seal is one of many fitted with a GPS tracking tag. These devices can be used to monitor potential climate change indices such as temperature increases. The tags are temporarily attached with glue and do not hurt the seals. ©Nicole Teutschel, courtesy of Tagging of Pacific Predators or TOPP.

Climate Change Hits the Beach

October 15, 2012

“Climate change is already here,” warned Douglas Capone, William and Julie Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife. “And it’s going to affect…

Nicos Petasis, Harold and Lillian Moulton Chair in Chemistry and professor of chemistry in USC Dornsife, collaborated with researchers in many disciplines in a published study unveiling a new drug to combat ovarian cancer. Photo by Alexandra Bissonnette.

Hope Against Ovarian Cancer

October 11, 2012

Scientists at USC have discovered a new type of drug for the treatment of ovarian cancer that works in a way that should not only decrease the number of doses that patients need to take, but also may make it effective for…

USC Dornsife researchers found that watching someone we dislike in motion affects brain activity leading to "differential processing" -- for example, thinking the person is moving more slowly than he or she actually is.

Do You Like Me Now?

October 9, 2012

Hate the Lakers? Do the Celtics make you want to hurl? Whether you like someone can affect how your brain processes their actions, according to new research from the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI), housed in USC…

Chimpanzees are found from Western Africa across the continent to East Africa. At one time, there were 50,000 or more chimps in Uganda. Now there are about 5,000 as a result of logging, the encroachment of villages, trapping, snare devices and other reasons. Photo by Craig Stanford.

Into the Forest

October 8, 2012

In late September, USC Dornsife Ph.D. student Maureen McCarthy traveled 9,000 miles from Los Angeles to Hoima, Uganda, to begin a year devoted to collecting chimpanzee poop. While that may seem like an unusual way to spend a…

USC Dornsife's Laura Pulido stands near the gravesite of Owen Brown in the hills of Altadena, Calif., one of the sites in her new guidebook, <em>A People's Guide to Los Angeles</em>. Photo by Laura Paisley.

L.A.’s Vernacular Landscapes

October 8, 2012

There is a tendency among my friends in Chicago, where I lived for the past eight years, to not see a Los Angeles beyond the Hollywood glitz and the tales of horrible traffic and bodily artificiality. And before making L.A.…

The Arch of Sorrow marking the entrance to the museum built on the site of The Akmolinsk Camp for the Wives of the Traitors of the Fatherland (ALZHIR). Photo by Azade-Ayse Rorlich.

Steppes Ahead

October 1, 2012

Descending from the upholstered comfort of their van into the vast, windswept steppe of Northern Kazakhstan, six USC Dornsife students gazed about them at an abandoned guard tower and the futuristic-looking Arch of Sorrow…

Last year, eight short films were entered in USC's first science-themed movie competition, organized by Clifford Johnson, professor of physics and astronomy in USC Dornsife. Shown here are stills from the films. Courtesy of Clifford Johnson.

Cinematic Science

September 25, 2012

Looking for an innovative, interdisciplinary classroom project? Now is the time for professors in all USC schools to motivate their students to enter the 2012 Science Film Competition. The deadline for competition…

Quantum magnets and other occurrences in quantum mechanics could set the stage for the next big breakthroughs in computing, alternative energy and transportation technologies such as magnetic levitating trains. USC Dornsife's Stephan Haas has co-authored a study in <em>Nature</em> that moves the research forward. iStockphoto by Nick Schlax.

Breaking the Rules

September 21, 2012

Former and current USC Dornsife physicists have led a study that represents the first, quantitative account of the universal features of disordered bosons — or quantum particles — in magnetic materials. The study…

Don Arnold, associate professor of molecular and computational biology in USC Dornsife, was a lead researcher on a recent article appearing in <em>Cell Reports</em> about a new imaging technique. Photo by Jie Gu.

Video Illuminates a Brain Cell

August 27, 2012

Using bioluminescent proteins from a jellyfish, a team of scientists has lit up the inside of a neuron, capturing video footage that shows the movement of proteins throughout the cell. The video offers a rare peek at how…

Frank Alber, associate professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has won the 2012 Beckman Young Investigators Award. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Alber Receives Beckman Young Investigators Award

August 24, 2012

Frank Alber, newly tenured associate professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has been honored with the prestigious 2012 Beckman Young Investigators Award, given to only five recipients this year. He is set to receive…