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Alumnus Rodney Swan owns and operates Swan Farms, comprised of 4,000 acres of agricultural land in the vicinity of Blythe, California. Here, Swan’s daughter, Emma, stands in a field watching the thresher machine. Photo courtesy of Rodney Swan.

From Finance to Farming

October 21, 2014

Rodney Swan is most comfortable in jeans and a T-shirt. Not only did he grow up on a small family farm cultivating cotton near Blythe, California, as a young man he worked in the fields of several local farms. After earning a…

Two children carry containers filled with water in Northern Uganda. Drinking unclean water can lead to many diseases. More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation and hygiene-related causes. Photos by Justin Arana.

My Name Is Water

October 16, 2014

Justin Arana was traveling the world on a spiritual quest to find himself. The journey was spurred by his grandfather, who had asked if Arana would be happy with the worth of his life if he died the next day. It was 2008,…

Sunset at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina. Included in the blog, the photo is by Megan Hall, a Wrigley Institute 2014 Summer Fellow and Ph.D. student in the lab of Andrew Gracey of biological sciences.

In Their Own Words

October 8, 2014

Student researchers are contributing to a new blog that the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, housed in USC Dornsife, launched in June to feature graduate and undergraduate environmental…

From left, doctoral student Diane Kim, SPOT coordinator Troy Gunderson and doctoral student David Needham stand aboard research vessel <em>Yellowfin</em> with a Rosette water sampler equipped with sensors used to collect real-time environmental data. Photo by Cheryl Chow.

A Scientific Hot SPOT

September 25, 2014

At a station in the San Pedro Basin, a region between Los Angeles Harbor and Catalina Island, USC Dornsife faculty and student researchers study the physical, biological and biogeochemical cycles that define the coastal…

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…

Welcome New Faculty

September 16, 2014

USC Dornsife welcomes 30 new faculty members for the 2014–15 academic year. Hailing from universities around the world, this year’s group of scholars are some of the best and brightest in the nation, bringing…

Travis Longcore of spatial sciences is assessing the environment of Baldwin Hills, employing mobile technology, such as smartphones and computer tablets, for collecting data onsite. Photo by Jean Pongsai.

Close Look at Baldwin Hills

September 16, 2014

A state-of-the-art environmental assessment of Los Angeles’ Baldwin Hills is underway, led by Travis Longcore, associate professor (research) of spatial sciences at USC Dornsife. The 18-month project is a cooperative…

Karla Heidelberg aboard a research vessel in Antarctica. Photo courtesy of Karla Heidelberg.

Heidelberg Steers the Ship

September 15, 2014

As director of the USC Dornsife Environmental Studies Program, Karla Heidelberg plans to develop new opportunities for students to gain real-world experience through hands-on internships and training with corporations,…

Linda Chilton, (right), receives her award from Susan Haynes, president of the National Marine Educators Association. Photo by DJ Kast.

Chilton Wins Marine Award

September 10, 2014

Linda Chilton, education coordinator for the USC Sea Grant Program, housed in USC Dornsife, has received the prestigious Marine Educators Award from the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA). Chilton received the award…

Marine biologist Gerald Bakus undertook 24 expeditions and cruises throughout the globe to study coral reefs and Komodo dragons. Photo by Irene Fertik, courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Gerald Bakus, 79

August 21, 2014

Professor of Marine Biology Gerald “Jerry” Bakus, an expert on the ecology of coral reefs and their natural products chemistry  who taught at USC Dornsife’s Department of Biological Sciences for 51…