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Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences Katrina J. Edwards’ discoveries centered on life forms beneath the ocean floor, also called “intraterrestrial life.” Photo by Phil Channing.

In Memoriam: Katrina J. Edwards, 46

October 29, 2014

Katrina J. Edwards, professor of biological sciences and earth sciences at USC Dornsife, a leader in the field of geomicrobiology, has died. She was 46. Edwards of South Pasadena, California, died peacefully on Oct. 26 after…

The 3-D modeling of proteins project was started by USC Dornsife’s Raymond Stevens, who is focused on the structure and function of GPCRs and human cell signaling. Illustration by Katya Kadyshevskaya, courtesy of Ray Stevens.

Collaboration in 3-D

October 28, 2014

USC has joined with academic and industry leaders across the Pacific Rim to create a nonprofit organization that will generate high-resolution images of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs), which are poorly understood but…

From left: USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay; Provost Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry Raymond Stevens; philanthropist and retired orthopaedic spinal surgeon Dr. Gary K. Michelson; USC President C. L. Max Nikias; president of Karlin Asset Management David Cohen; and USC Viterbi School of Engineering Dean Yannis C. Yortsos. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience Ushers in New Era

October 23, 2014

USC broke ground today on the new USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience — soon to be the largest building on campus and perhaps the catalyst for a biomedical research corridor in Los Angeles.

 The center was…

Raymond Stevens (right) and Peter Kuhn’s laboratories will bring a cohort of approximately 50 researchers to USC. Their labs will be housed in the new USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, which broke ground on Oct. 23. Photo by Ryan Young.

USC Dornsife Recruits Renowned Leaders in Molecular Research

October 23, 2014

Raymond C. Stevens and Peter Kuhn have been named Provost Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry and Dean’s Professor of Biological Sciences, respectively. The announcements were made by Provost Elizabeth Garrett…

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…