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John Strauss, professor of economics in USC Dornsife, is an investigator on a study recently published in the <em>American Economic Journal: Applied Economics</em> showing that health decisions affect how tall you stand as you age. Photo by Alexandra Bissonnette.

Reaching New Heights

April 2, 2013

Even if you didn’t eat your veggies or drink your milk as a child, your height is still in your hands, according to new findings by economists from USC, Harvard University and Peking University. Using unique data from a…

Professor Hanna Reisler of chemistry presents her keynote address at the recent WiSE Research Horizons symposium held in her honor. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Hanna Reisler Celebrated

April 2, 2013

Speaking at a recent symposium held in her honor, USC Dornsife’s Hanna Reisler recalled the early days of USC’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program. At the time, women with tenured or tenure-track…

Researchers found atherosclerosis in 34 percent of the mummies studied, according to a recent study led by University Professor Caleb Finch, who has a joint appointment in USC Dornsife and the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Photo courtesy of <em>The Lancet</em>.

Lessons From Mummy

March 13, 2013

Like nearly 4.6 million Americans, ancient hunter-gatherers also suffered from clogged arteries, revealing that the plaque buildup causing blood clots, heart attacks and strokes is not just a result of fatty diets or couch…

Internship participant Jose Araujo from Cerrritos Community College works in the lab with USC Dornsife mentor Priscilla Antunez, a graduate student in the chemistry Ph.D. program and the recipient of an NSF graduate fellowship. Araujo's positive experiences during the internship inspired him to transfer to USC Dornsife where he is now majoring in chemistry. Photo by Richard Brutchey.

Climbing the STEM of Success

March 8, 2013

Jose Araujo had never considered going to graduate school for the simple reason he wasn’t aware it existed. The son of a construction worker, Araujo is today a first-generation college student in USC…

USC Dornsife Nicos Petasis and his team explored the structure of resolvin D3 to better understand why and how it works to shut off inflammation. Image courtesy of Nicos Petasis.

Beyond Headache Relief

February 27, 2013

A team from USC Dornsife and Harvard University has uncovered a key biological mechanism that makes aspirin and omega-3 fatty acids effective at reducing inflammation. Doctors have long prescribed aspirin together with a diet…

The DNA double helix (shown here) is stabilized primarily by two forces: hydrogen bonds between nucleotides and base-stacking interactions among aromatic nucleobases.

Affordable DNA Sequencing

February 26, 2013

Two USC Dornsife scientists have developed an algorithm that could help make DNA sequencing affordable enough for clinics — and could be useful to researchers of all stripes. Andrew Smith, a computational biologist in…

Jewish businesses like Canter's Delicatessen line Fairfax Boulevard in Los Angeles. A population survey of the Jewish community in Southern California had not been conducted for 17 years, so USC Dornsife's Bruce Phillips led an effort to study the community. Photo by Alicia Di Rado.

Southland Jews Go Uncounted

February 22, 2013

How many Jews are there in Los Angeles? Hard to say, really: It’s been 17 years since anyone counted. That’s seven years longer than in Boston, New York, Seattle or Chicago, where the local Jewish Federations…

The experience students will have in the new molecular genetics and biochemistry progressive degree program is similar to a first year Ph.D. program, said USC Dornsife's Susan Forsburg. Here Forsburg stands with Michael Getz at his commencement, whom she mentored in her laboratory. Photo courtesy of Susan Forsburg.

Year of Research = Master’s

February 21, 2013

The USC Dornsife Department of Biological Sciences has launched a new progressive master’s degree in molecular genetics and biochemistry. The program gives students an opportunity to earn a graduate degree and immerse…

Valter Longo, associate professor of neurobiology in USC Dornsife, is corresponding author of an <em>Aging Cell</em> study indicating that mice with Alzheimer's disease showed improvements when given a protein-restricted diet. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Low-Protein Slows Alzheimer’s

February 19, 2013

Mice with many of the pathologies of Alzheimer’s disease showed fewer signs of the condition when given a protein-restricted diet supplemented with specific amino acids every other week for four months. At advanced…

USC Dornsife's Remo Rohs was chosen as a research fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, demonstrating his research accomplishments, creativity and potential to become a leader in the scientific community. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Remo Rohs Selected as Sloan Research Fellow

February 19, 2013

Remo Rohs of USC Dornsife has been selected as a research fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, it was announced today. Fei Sha of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering was also chosen. Rohs and Sha are among 126…