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From left to right, USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Trustee David Dornsife, Dana Dornsife, Joyce Cammilleri, University Professor Hanna Damasio, University Professor Antonio Damasio and USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett, prepare to cut the symbolic ribbon during the Nov. 6 opening ceremony. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Pillars of Support

November 7, 2012

The newest building at USC is organized like a brain, with spaces for both rational inquiry and appreciation of the beautiful. It’s a fitting home for a research center that merges the latest advances in neuroscience…

Colored rendering showing feather extent in <em>Microraptor gui</em>. Drawing by David Krentz.

Look! Up in the Sky!

November 2, 2012

The mystery of how dinosaurs first began to fly may have finally been cracked by a USC Dornsife-led team of scientists whose groundbreaking study has been honored by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP). The…

After earning an honorary degree from the Open University of Catalonia, University Professor Hanna Damasio of USC Dornsife notes that technical progress permits a fruitful crossroads where cognitive neuroscience meets with social and political sciences, economics, humanities, medicine, neurology, psychiatry and pediatrics. Photo courtesy of Open University of Catalonia.

Damasio Celebrated in Spain

November 2, 2012

University Professor Hanna Damasio, Dana Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and professor of psychology and neurology, has received a doctora honoris causa from the prestigious Open University of Catalonia, in Barcelona,…

For a National Science Foundation competition, USC Dornsife doctoral student Candy Hwang and her team have created a 90-second video-animated presentation of their research on nitrogen.

Jumping Off the Page

October 29, 2012

Candy Hwang, a second-year doctoral candidate in chemistry and National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow, has swapped the written page for animation. Hwang of USC Dornsife entered “Creating the…

Cable bacteria in the mud along the seafloor. Photo by Mingdong Dong, Jie Song and Nils Risgaard-Petersen/Aarhus University.

Living Power Cables Discovered

October 25, 2012

A multinational research team has discovered filamentous bacteria that function as living power cables in order to transmit electrons thousands of cell lengths away. The Desulfobulbus bacterial cells, which are only a few…

Sarah Portnoy (right), lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese in USC Dornsife, and Daina Solomon, food blogger at the <em>L.A. Weekly</em> who audited Portnoy's class, enjoy shrimp tacos and <em>aguachile</em> at the <em>Mariscos Jalisco lonchera</em>. Photo by Susan Bell.

Chicken Necks and Chili Queens

October 24, 2012

USC Dornsife Spanish major Daniel Arellano picks morsels of sizzling meat from the delicate bones of a fried chicken neck and stuffs them into a warm tortilla, garnishing the resulting taco with freshly chopped onion and…

USC Dornsife foreman Donald Wiggins creates a custom part for a scientific experiment. Wiggins has helped move lab experiments forward for 25 years. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Gadgets Galore

October 23, 2012

Lugging a weightlifting bar, a woman in a white summer dress walked in, her expression a mix of relief and exhaustion. Known as the “demo lady” for her demonstrations at physics lectures, she had trekked across…

During a recent symposium honoring USC Distinguished Professor of Chemistry George Olah of USC Dornsife (right) and the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, USC President C. L. Max Nikias praises Olah as "USC's golden treasure." Photo by Rich Schmitt.

Loker Institute, Olah Celebrated

October 23, 2012

Nearly 300 of USC Dornsife Distinguished Professor George Olah’s colleagues and former students arrived from throughout the world to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and…

A new research project led by the USC Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI), housed in USC Dornsife, tracks brain, emotional and social development in children with and without musical training.

The Musical Brain

October 15, 2012

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LA Phil), the USC Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) housed in USC Dornsife, and Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) announced a research collaboration to investigate the emotional, social…

Named Penelope by researchers, this elephant seal is one of many fitted with a GPS tracking tag. These devices can be used to monitor potential climate change indices such as temperature increases. The tags are temporarily attached with glue and do not hurt the seals. ©Nicole Teutschel, courtesy of Tagging of Pacific Predators or TOPP.

Climate Change Hits the Beach

October 15, 2012

“Climate change is already here,” warned Douglas Capone, William and Julie Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife. “And it’s going to affect…