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Elise Fabbro ’11, ’12 is attending law school at the University of San Diego, in San Diego, Calif. She graduated from USC Dornsife with bachelor’s degrees in political science and environmental studies and a progressive master’s degree in environmental studies. Illustration by Niklas Asker.

The Environmentalists: Elise Fabbro

November 12, 2013

What prompted you to pursue a degree in law? I have known since high school that I wanted the environment to be a prominent part of my career, and that I wanted to pursue law. I am specifically interested in working with…

Professor of Physics and Astronomy Stephan Haas has been awarded a 2013 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. He will use the award to continue his research on quantum systems with collaborators from the University of Bremen in Germany. Photo by Ben Pack.

The Next Big Thing

November 6, 2013

Stephan Haas, professor of physics and astronomy at USC Dornsife, has won a 2013 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The award allows him to continue his research on…

The new USC Dornsife study examined activity in the so-called “pain matrix” of the brain, a network that includes the insula cortex, the anterior cingulate and the somatosensory cortices — regions known to activate when an individual watches another person suffer.

I Feel Your Pain

October 23, 2013

Counterintuitive findings from a new USC Dornsife study show that the part of the brain that is associated with empathizing with the pain of others is activated more strongly by watching the suffering of hateful people as…

Nobel Laureate George Olah of USC Dornsife (right) receives a portrait of himself by the well-known Hungarian painter Kornél Zámbó from Hungarian Consul General László Kálmán of Los Angeles (left) and Ambassador Dán Károly, the consul general of the Hungarian consulate in New York. Photo by Janna Gould.

Honors from Their Other Homes

October 23, 2013

George A. Olah, a Nobel laureate and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and G. K. Surya Prakash, professor of chemistry and director of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, are having a busy week. Shortly before…

George Olah (left) and G.K. Surya Prakash receive the 2013 Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize award in recognition of their proposal to use methanol to replace fossil fuels and petroleum-based feedstocks.

Olah and Prakash Receive $1 Million for Fuel Research

October 16, 2013

George Olah and G.K. Surya Prakash, pillars of the chemistry department at USC Dornsife, have received a first-ever $1 million prize from the State of Israel for their innovative research on alternative fuels. Olah, a Nobel…

USC Dornsife's Charles McKenna and Myron Goodman research crystal structures for the repair enzyme, DNA polymerase beta (seen here). The enzyme contains an inhibitor molecule (shown in yellow) which forms a complex with DNA. It is designed to selectively block polymerase beta DNA synthesis to kill cancer cells, while ensuring survival of normal cells. Image courtesy of Boris Kashemirov.

Killing Cancer

October 16, 2013

Chemotherapy offers cancer patients hope of a cure, or at least of remission. The problem with the treatment is that all too often a hard-won remission is only temporary. “A typical pattern is that people take the drug,…

Chi Mak, professor and chair of chemistry (left) and Myron Goodman, professor of biological sciences and chemistry, have collaborated on research published Oct. 11 in <em>The Journal of Biological Chemistry</em> selected by the journal as "paper of the week." Mak photo by Taylor Foust. Goodman photo by Philip Channing.

Unlocking Biology With Math

October 10, 2013

USC Dornsife scientists have created a mathematical model that explains and predicts the biological process that creates antibody diversity — the phenomenon that keeps us healthy by generating robust immune systems…

USC Dornsife doctoral student Amy Garrison presents her research at a Sept. 28 regional conference hosted at USC and focused on the study of hearing and vocal communication. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Sounds of Science

October 2, 2013

Working in Sarah Bottjer’s laboratory, USC Dornsife doctoral student Amy Garrison researches the inter-hemispheric connections between vocal-control regions and the amygdala in the brains of songbirds. As with humans,…

Ellen Leggett, an expert in the psychology of decision-making, joined USC Dornsife in Fall 2013 as director of the Master of Science in Applied Psychology program. Photo by Letty Avila.

Mastering Human Behavior

October 1, 2013

With nearly a decade of experience in marketing, Daniela Kerfin Canto was savvy enough to know that a deeper understanding of human behavior would help her garner clients. She knew the marketing campaigns she oversaw for a…

During the recent USC Dornsife 2020 retreat at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island, doctoral students presented their research and had an opportunity to enjoy the brilliant night sky. Photo by Corey Arnold.

Brainwaves by the Sea

September 17, 2013

Every student knows how vitally important it is to remember information for a final exam. However, trying to memorize your class notes in the library can be challenging. Distractions — the person next to you whispering…