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Dawn Nagel, a postdoctoral researcher at USC Dornsife and lead author on a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, works in Steve Kay’s laboratory. Photo courtesy of Kay Lab.

Plants and their Stressors

September 22, 2014

Scientists have discovered a key molecular cog in a plant’s biological clock — one that modulates the speed of circadian (daily) rhythms based on temperature. Transcription factors, or genetic switches, drive gene…

Halim Dhanidina, the first American Muslim judge ever appointed in California, shared his experiences in public service at the recent conference “American Muslims in Public Service.” Photos courtesy of the Center for Islamic Thought, Culture and Practice.

American Muslims in Public Service

September 12, 2014

Addressing the audience at the recent “American Muslims in Public Service” conference, Halim Dhanidina recalled selecting a jury for a court case while he was Los Angeles County deputy district attorney. It was…

Rep. Keith Ellison, first Muslim member of Congress, will discuss Muslims in public service at USC on Sept. 5. Photo courtesy of ellis.house.gov.

American Muslims in Public Service

August 29, 2014

Since 9/11, news polls show the place of Muslims in American society has become a national preoccupation. But Muslims perform public service at virtually every level of American government, from elected officials to political…

Freshman Newal Osman shows off her scarf collection. Photos by David Sprague.

Islamic Faith Gives Her Heart

August 26, 2014

USC Dornsife freshman Newal Osman wraps a colorful hijab on her head, steps back and considers her reflection in the mirror. She likes what she sees. “Hijab goes beyond the head scarf,” she said. “You become…

Incoming psychology freshman Jessica Wynn (left) gives her younger sister, Jada Combs, who traveled from their home in Washington, D.C., to help her move in, a squeeze. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Never Routine — Class of ’18

August 22, 2014

Smoothing a hand over the comforter and propping up a few pillows, Shermayne Hughes stood back. The bed was made. Her only child was officially moved into her new home at Fluor Tower. “I can’t believe my…

Cleopatra Abdou, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at USC Dornsife and the USC Davis School of Gerontology, has found that black women who strongly identified with their race were more likely to feel anxious in a health care setting. Photo courtesy of USC Media Relations.

The Source of Racial Health Disparities

July 22, 2014

A first-of-its-kind study by researchers at USC and Loyola Marymount University has found evidence that the persistent health disparities across race may, in part, be related to anxiety about being confronted by negative…

Emmanuel Caudillo's passion for education stems from the challenges he faced as a first-generation college student. Photos courtesy of Emmanuel Caudillo.

Increasing Educational Opportunities

July 22, 2014

Emmanuel Caudillo clearly remembers the challenges he faced applying to college as a first-generation college student. Some of the forms he found daunting, particularly the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),…

Problems Without Passports: Forced Labor in Dubai

Far from Paradise

July 22, 2014

Invited into the living quarters of undocumented migrant domestic workers in the oil-rich city of Dubai, Lucero Noyola was shocked by what she saw. “Fourteen people were sharing one room,” said the junior majoring…

USC Dornsife’s doctoral candidate Matthew Mendez (left) and Christian Grose, associate professor of political science, said they were shocked to find a nearly 20 percentage point gap among legislators who support voter ID laws based on the name of the ethnicity of the constituent. Photo by Susan Bell.

Identifying Bias

July 17, 2014

Groundbreaking research by USC Dornsife’s Christian Grose, associate professor of political science, and doctoral candidate Matthew Mendez has shown that lawmakers who support voter ID laws are more likely to show racial…

Alumna Angela Johnson Meszaros works in environmental justice, focusing on air quality, as general counsel for the organization Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles. Photo by Ana Mascarena.

Helping Us Breathe Easier

July 14, 2014

In Los Angeles and Orange counties in the past year, the oil industry has used more than 45 million pounds — 22,500 tons — of toxic air pollutants as part of its 477 hydraulic fracturing (fracking), acidizing and…