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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,…

Arieh Warshel

Arieh Warshel Wins Nobel Prize

October 9, 2013

Arieh Warshel, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, has earned a new title: Nobel Laureate. The Royal Swedish Academy…

At the Ambassadors for Humanity gala, from left, USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett, USC Shoah Foundation Founder and USC Trustee Steven Spielberg, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Niki C. Nikias, USC Shoah Foundation Ambassador for Humanity Award recipient George Clooney, USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay, and his wife, Shelley Halpain. Photos by Larry Busacca, Getty Images.

USC Shoah Foundation’s Humanity Award Goes to George Clooney

October 4, 2013

George Clooney is well known as an actor, director, producer and writer. But it was his global humanitarian efforts that received the attention on Oct. 3 when he was honored with the Ambassador for Humanity Award by Steven…

University Professor Michael Waterman with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai who awarded him the People's Republic of China Friendship Award at a ceremony held Sept. 29 in the Great Hall of the People at Tiananmen Square. The award is the Chinese government's highest honor for foreigners. Photo courtesy of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) of China.

Hands Across the Water

October 4, 2013

Michael Waterman, University Professor and USC Associates Chair in Natural Sciences, is a 2013 recipient of the People’s Republic of China Friendship Award — the Chinese government’s highest honor for…

A theologian by training, Stephen D. Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History, has been named the UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education. Photo by Kim Fox.

Smith Named UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education

October 3, 2013

Stephen D. Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and adjunct professor of religion, has been named the inaugural holder of the UNESCO Chair on Genocide…

Ivan Krylov and Melissa Williams, chemistry researchers at USC Dornsife, were honored by the International Society for Antiviral Research (ISAR) for excellence in scientific poster presentations. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Fourfold Excellence

August 22, 2013

Postdoctoral research associate Ivan Krylov and Ph.D. chemistry students Melissa Williams, Candy Hwang and Elena Ferri have more than one thing in common. They all work in the laboratory of Charles McKenna, vice dean for…

Aaron Lauda and Aravind Asok have won National Science Foundation CAREER awards for outstanding research and teaching. Asok will use part of his award to fund projects with artist and mathematician Lun-Yi Tsai. Shown is Tsai's artwork depicting a "winding number" which counts the number of times a line — think of rope — wraps around a hole (circle in the center). © Lun-Yi Tsai.

Adding Up to a Robust CAREER

August 7, 2013

Aravind Asok and Aaron Lauda, both assistant professors of mathematics at USC Dornsife, have been selected to receive National Science Foundation CAREER awards. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a…

Experts warn that if current trends continue, one in three Americans will suffer from Type 2 diabetes by 2050. Marcia Abbott, who earned a Ph.D. at USC Dornsife in 2010, investigates how a high fat diet affects insulin resistance in skeletal muscles — known to be a precursor of Type 2 diabetes. Photo courtesy of Thinkstock.

Taking Aim at Diabetes

July 25, 2013

As rates of obesity-linked Type 2 diabetes soar worldwide, scientific research advancing our understanding of this potentially fatal disease is crucial. Experts warn that if current trends continue, one in three Americans will…

Named a <em>ChemComm</em> 2013 Emerging Investigator, USC Dornsife’s Matt Pratt received a Michael J. Fox Foundation grant for research into treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Photo by Susan Bell.

Emerging Investigator

July 24, 2013

USC Dornsife’s Matthew Pratt, assistant professor of chemistry and biological sciences, has been named a 2013 Emerging Investigator by ChemComm, a leading chemical sciences journal published by the Royal Society of…