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Justin Underhill uses digital animation techniques to explore the use of light in gallery spaces, including the work of Leonardo da Vinci. Underhill is a 2014-16 USC Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities. Image courtesy of Justin Underhill.

Technology and the Humanities

October 20, 2014

Eavesdrop on students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ new interactive media building, and you’d expect to overhear discussions on film, video games and multimedia design. But on Oct. 9, these students mingled…

Interactive Maps for the Brain

Golgi Your Brain

October 20, 2014

What’s the route between smell and memory? Where’s the connection between habits and Parkinson’s disease? How does habit detour into addiction? To answer these and other complex scientific and medical…

USC Dornsife’s Scott Fraser (left) and Don Arnold, and Carl Kesselman of USC Viterbi School of Engineering, are redefining what is possible with their research mapping neurons in zebrafish to learn how new memories are formed. Fraser photo by John Livzey; Arnold photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou; Kesselman photo courtesy of Carl Kesselman.

$9.7 Million NIH Award

October 17, 2014

Three top USC scientists — Don Arnold, Scott Fraser and Carl Kesselman — will receive a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Transformative Research Award to map the neurons in the living brain of a zebrafish,…

Math with a Twist

Knot a Problem

October 14, 2014

For their aesthetics and spiritual symbolism, knots have fascinated humans since prehistory. Mathematicians have been drawn to the study of knots since the 18th century. First developed in 1771, becoming a discipline in the…

The USC School of Religion at USC Dornsife will launch a doctoral degree with three tracks combining research with contemporary relevance.

Earn a Ph.D. in Religion

October 10, 2014

In 1879, Judge Robert Maclay Widney managed to secure 308 lots of land and assemble a board of trustees in order to establish a university in Los Angeles. The University of Southern California was founded the following year…

Chemistry major Beatriz “Abril” Lopez-Bermudez works in the laboratory of Brent Melot, assistant professor of chemistry (right). Melot’s team is researching ways to produce safer, higher-voltage and more compact batteries. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Big Boost for the Bench

October 9, 2014

For Beatriz “Abril” Lopez-Bermudez, advancing energy efficiency is a cause near and dear. Growing up in Ayotla, a suburb of Mexico City, her family home and entire neighborhood were often without electricity for…

Margee and Douglas Greenberg’s endowment will enable one scholar to spend up to one month in residence at the USC Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research each year. Photo courtesy of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute.

Light on the Darkest Hours

October 8, 2014

Margee and Douglas Greenberg have provided a gift to fund an endowed fellowship program at USC Shoah Foundation’s Center for Advanced Genocide Research. The center is the newly announced research and scholarship unit of…

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…

Scott Kanoski, assistant professor of biological sciences at USC Dornsife, is corresponding author on a new study indicating that consuming sugary liquids in adolescents may lead to memory loss. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Sugar Linked to Memory Woes

October 7, 2014

Studying rats as model subjects, USC Dornsife scientists found that adolescents were at an increased risk of suffering negative health effects from sugar-sweetened beverage consumption. Adolescent rats that freely consumed…

G.K. Surya Prakash of chemistry has worked in fluorine chemistry for 25 years. Recently, his research proved the existence of a long-lived form of the trifluoromethanide anion, which many chemists considered impossible. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Chemists Dispel Long-held Notion

September 26, 2014

In a recent study, USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute chemists have dispelled a long-held notion regarding the ubiquitous fluorine-containing trifluoromethyl group. The trifluoromethyl group is significant in chemistry…