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Donal Manahan and his research group have created a more accurate picture of how the metabolism of a sea urchin changes under environmental stress.

Hidden Costs

March 30, 2015

Scientists have found a way to measure the unseen toll that environmental stress places on living creatures — showing that they can rev up their metabolism to work more than twice as hard as normal to cope with…

Internationally known Egyptologist Zahi Hawass delivers a lecture titled “Pyramids, Mummies and Cleopatra: Recent Discoveries” on USC’s University Park campus. Photos courtesy of Lynn Dodd.

Preserving Antiquity

March 27, 2015

Egyptologist Zahi Hawass will never forget the morning of Jan. 28, 2011 — three days after the first demonstrations in Egypt’s revolution — when looters broke into the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Cairo…

Artist's rendering of an exploding Buckyball. USC/Holly Wilder.

Bucky-Balls Become Buckybombs

March 27, 2015

1996, a trio of scientists won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for their discovery of Buckminsterfullerene — soccer-ball-shaped spheres of 60 joined carbon atoms that exhibit special physical properties. Now, 20 years…

Shopping while hungry may lead you to spend more than 60 percent more and buy more non-food items than less hungry customers, research by Norbert Schwarz indicates.

Binder Clip, Anyone?

March 26, 2015

It’s almost lunchtime. You are hungry, but decide to stop at an office supply store before eating to pick up a few items. New research by USC Dornsife’s Norbert Schwarz, Provost Professor of Psychology and…

Insects collected in a pan trap during a USC experiment on LED light bulbs. All images courtesy of Travis Longcore.

Bright Idea

March 25, 2015

How many researchers does it take to change a light bulb? And how many lives could they save by changing it? The answer to both questions is larger than you might expect. In the developing world, light bulbs might as well be…

Participants at the EMSI World and Ground conference sporting commemorative caps bearing the EMSI symbol, a rendering of a pineapple inspired by the earliest-known European drawing of the exotic fruit from a 1535 manuscript at The Huntington. Photo courtesy of Amy Braden.

World and Ground

March 19, 2015

Twelve scholars in early American history and culture presented papers on subjects ranging from the history of slavery to the development of capitalism at the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute’s (EMSI) 12th…

Brain synapses are tiny structures only a hundredth the diameter of a human hair. Photo by Don Arnold.

The Waiting Is Over

March 18, 2015

Synapses, the links between neurons that allow them to pass information to one another, are central to all the brain’s functions. These key building blocks are believed to be where memories are stored, yet researchers…

Dean’s Professor of History Mary Elise Sarotte stands with USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay following her lecture, “A Broken Promise? The 1990 Origins of NATO’s Post-Cold War Expansion.” Photo by Karen Tang.

Investigative Historian

March 16, 2015

How do the behind-the-scenes correspondence among politicians such as Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union, and former United States President George H.W. Bush relate to Russia’s recent invasion of…

John Wilson (right) receives a certificate of accreditation for SSI’s Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence Program from Keith Masback, CEO of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. Photo by Anne Marie Maltes.

Spatial Connections

March 12, 2015

In 1854, British physician John Snow drew a map of London, tracing a severe outbreak of cholera back to the city’s Broad Street water pump. The link led to Snow’s breakthrough discovery that cholera is spread by…

Ian Ehrenreich and Peter Ralph of biological sciences are recognized for their achievements in pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge.

Ehrenreich and Ralph Earn Sloan Fellowships

March 4, 2015

USC Dornsife faculty members Ian Ehrenreich and Peter Ralph have been selected as research fellows for 2015 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Ehrenreich and Ralph are among 126 researchers from the United States and Canada,…