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Valter Longo, professor of biological sciences at USC Dornsife with a joint appointment at the USC Davis School of Gerontology, researches genes that control aging. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Rock of Ages

January 8, 2014

Growing up in Genoa, Italy, Valter Longo spent countless hours emulating the guitar style of Jimi Hendrix. At 16, he moved to Chicago to take jazz guitar lessons before heading to the University of North Texas to continue his…

In a recent ceremony in Dublin, Ireland, Councillor Oisín Quinn, Lord Mayor of Dublin, presents USC Dornsife’s Moeka Komachi with the Highly Commended Undergraduate Award for her paper recommending ways to improve education for dyslexic students in Hong Kong. Photo courtesy of the Undergraduate Awards.

Improving the Human Experience

January 7, 2014

Moeka Komachi has been interested in the way the mind works since her high school days in Hong Kong. As a teenager, she began her inquiry when she selected psychology as her concentration for an International Baccalaureate…

The USC Dornsife research team will study octopus behavior in the wild and in captivity at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island.

Octopus Got Your Tongue?

January 6, 2014

It’s an unusual coupling: A linguist and a marine biologist are working together to investigate the human tongue. In their study, the USC Dornsife researchers are using two species of octopus and tiny worms that helped…

USC Dornsife's Meghan Miller at the southernmost seismic station deployment in Morocco. Photo courtesy of Meghan Miller.

Floating Mountains

January 6, 2014

The Atlas Mountains defy the standard model for mountain structure in which high topography must have deep roots for support, according to a new study from earth scientists at USC Dornsife. In a new model, the researchers…

USC Dornsife senior and budding entrepreneur Sanjay Rajpoot is launching a company devoted to taking hydroponics mainstream with the goal of helping to end world hunger. Photo by Matt Stone.

Hydroponics Grows Up

December 19, 2013

Six years ago, then-16-year-old high school student Sanjay Rajpoot was channel surfing at his parents’ Santa Barbara, Calif., home when a documentary caught his attention. It was about hydroponics — the practice of…

USC Dornsife’s Arieh Warshel (left) receives the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry from Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, on Dec. 10. PHOTO BY ALEXANDER MAHMOUD, COPYRIGHT NOBEL MEDIA AB.

Nobel Medal Bestowed on Warshel

December 10, 2013

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden presented USC’s Arieh Warshel and two colleagues with the 2013 Nobel Prize for Chemistry at a white-tie ceremony in Stockholm today. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the prize…

Kenneth H. Nealson, Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and professor of earth sciences and biological sciences (left), and Nicos A. Petasis, Harold and Lillian Moulton Chair in Chemistry and professor of chemistry and pharmacology, were selected as AAAS fellows for their key scientific discoveries. Nealson photo by Phil Channing. Petasis photo by Alexandra Bissonette.

Nealson, Petasis Named AAAS Fellows

December 10, 2013

Two USC Dornsife scientists have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), selected for the honor by their academic peers. Kenneth H. Nealson, Wrigley Chair in Environmental…

In Cairo, Egypt, USC Dornsife undergraduates studying religion and democracy braved temperatures of nearly 120 degrees Fahrenheit to visit the Great Pyramid of Giza. They are shown here at stone blocks of the pyramid's base. Photo by Steven Weier.

Major Gift to Support Scholarships

December 10, 2013

A new $20 million gift from anonymous donors will endow student support at USC Dornsife, the USC School of Social Work and the USC Marshall School of Business. This is one of the largest individual gifts for student support in…

As USC Dornsife's newly appointed associate dean for science and pre health, Erin Quinn is committed to creating compassionate health professionals with an understanding of human behavior and decision-making. Photo by Steve Cohn.

That Vital Human Connection

December 6, 2013

When an elderly Spanish-speaking woman suffering from depression recently became dehydrated, she went to the local emergency room in her hometown of Ventura, Calif. From there, she was transferred to a psychiatric hospital in…

In 2013, Assistant Professor of Computational Biology Remo Rohs published 10 studies related to his research on protein-DNA recognition. Three recent articles received prestigious awards and include Rohs’ graduate students as first- and co-authors. Photo by John Livzey.

A Trio of Awards

December 4, 2013

A pathbreaking researcher, Remo Rohs is being noticed in big ways. In 2013, the assistant professor of computational biology at USC Dornsife published 10 studies related to his research on protein-DNA recognition. Now, three…