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Wonder of the West

June 1, 2015

A sepia Los Angeles carnival image reveals an early 20th- century settlement on the brink of metamorphosis into a cityscape. Country store nostalgia still takes center stage, but encroaching urbanization and ubiquitous utility…

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Physics Howard Taylor teaching at USC in the mid-1970s. Photos courtesy of Leeza Taylor Reisig.

In Memoriam: Howard Taylor, 79

May 22, 2015

Howard Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Physics at USC Dornsife, has died. He was 79. Taylor died at home in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and family on May 17. “Howard Taylor was a brilliant…

Michele Felberg, a graduate of the USC Dornsife Environmental Studies program and the USC Scientific Diving program. Photo courtesy of Michele Felberg.

Diving into Success

May 20, 2015

Michele Felberg ’13 knows the connection between tourism and the marine environment — that’s where she's worked for the past two years. With the help of a prestigious scholarship, she wants to study how…

By shifting time metrics, we can motivate ourselves to accomplish goals. Photo by John Livzey.

Reining in Procrastination

May 6, 2015

Procrastination is the thief of time that derails New Year’s resolutions and delays saving for college or retirement, but researchers have found a way to collar it. The trick? Think of the future as now. “The…

The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement is the premier award for environmental sciences, environmental health and energy. It is administered annually by USC Dornsife.

Renewed Energy

April 30, 2015

Jane Lubchenco showed an animation of the world’s peak fishing areas as they were between 1951 and 1999. Darker spots — indicating areas of more concentrated fishing — were limited mainly to water near the…

High school student and future USC Dornsife chemistry major Belen Espinoza, far left, asks senior Thomas Do a question about his research project. Photos by Susan Bell.

Symposium Synergy

April 29, 2015

Belen Espinoza listened intently as Thomas Do, a junior majoring in chemistry at USC Dornsife, explained his research into how a cobalt catalyst can be used to convert carbon dioxide into more useful derivatives. Practical…

Professor Valery Fokin uses his innovative methodology as a chemist to assist biomedical researchers discover new diagnostics and treatments. Photo Courtesy of Valery Fokin.

USC Dornsife Recruits Leading ‘Click Chemist’

April 27, 2015

The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences has recruited leading chemist Valery Fokin to join its faculty. He will begin in the Department of Chemistry this Fall. “I am thrilled to have yet another stellar…

Eric Webb, associate professor of biological sciences and corresponding author of a study on this finding. Photo courtesy of Eric Webb.

Enigmatic Organism

April 23, 2015

Scientists have found something they can’t quite explain in one of the most barren environments on Earth: a bacterium whose DNA sequence contains elements usually only found in a much higher organism. Trichodesmium is a…

<em>The Cat and the Coup</em>, a documentary video game in which gamers play the role of the cat of the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran, exemplifies the relationship between Iranian culture and politics. Illustration by Kurosh ValaNejad.

New Horizons

April 16, 2015

Neda Maghbouleh began her presentation at the inaugural USC Dornsife-Farhang Foundation Iranian Studies Initiative Conference quoting an interview she had conducted with an Iranian American teenager named Soraya. “I…

Professor of Mathematics Aaron Lauda has won a 2016 Simons Fellowship in Mathematics. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Lauda Receives Simons Fellowship

April 14, 2015

If there’s one thing every researcher could benefit from, it’s time. And as a recipient of the 2015 Simons Foundation fellowship, that’s exactly what Professor of Mathematics Aaron Lauda is getting. The…