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Scientists Search for Source of Creativity

Scientists Search for Source of Creativity

March 7, 2012

It takes two to tango. Two hemispheres of your brain, that is. USC researchers are working to pin down the exact source of creativity in the brain and have found that the left hemisphere of your brain, thought to be the…

USC Dornsife alumna Sarah Greene, who earned a Ph.D. in geological studies in 2011, and Rowan Martindale, a doctoral candidate in earth sciences, contributed to a recent study that looks at geological records for evidence that mass extinction events may have been caused by ocean acidification.

Earth's Past Is Warning for the Future

March 6, 2012

When the Earth’s carbon dioxide level increased at a rapid rate during the Triassic-Jurassic period 200 million years ago, nearly half the ocean’s marine life became extinct. USC Dornsife geologists contributed to…

Professor Ada Yonath discusses the chicken-or-the-egg conundrum at a USC event. Photo by Dennis Martinez.

Nobel Laureate Visits USC, Inspires Students

March 2, 2012

Ada Yonath, one of just four women ever to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, told USC students last month what it takes to be a successful scientist: curiosity, passion and perseverance. Yonath, professor of structural…

Analyzing Life on a Molecular Level

Analyzing Life on a Molecular Level

March 1, 2012

Three faculty members in USC Dornsife’s Department of Biological Sciences received research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop and apply innovative methods to analyze data on proteins, genes…

"Sleep Log," written by Alain Borer and translated into English by Mark Irwin, tells the story of a sick and delirious traveler sailing from France to Tahiti. The text, which combines historical narrative, travelogue and poetry, is based on a voyage made by Borer. Irwin and Borer are both professors in USC Dornsife.

Vast Waters of the South Pacific

February 29, 2012

The ocean never finishes in the wake of boats. An unceasing torment infinitely prolonged that I would not wish on my worst enemy. Especially since my worst enemy is myself. Amid a vast ocean, in the belly of a ship, a…

From left, Stanley Rosen, professor of political science in USC Dornsife leads a discussion with television and film producer, Zhang Jizhong during the conference. Robert Chi, assistant professor of Asian languages and cultures at UCLA interpreted for Zhang. Photo courtesy of Zhang Jizhong.

Monkey King to become China's Mickey Mouse?

February 28, 2012

International filmmakers and developers interested in partnering with China on business ventures such as constructing theme parks or filming movies are advised to have a deep understanding of the Chinese culture, panelists…

USC Sea Grant Funds Studies of

USC Sea Grant Funds Studies of "Urban Ocean" Issues

February 17, 2012

The University of Southern California Sea Grant Program has awarded $727,700 to support seven new research projects led by researchers at universities throughout California. The studies look at issues such fish contamination,…

Emotional Economics

Emotional Economics

February 17, 2012

You’re watching Steven Spielberg’s original Jaws for the first time. At the sound of the two threatening cello notes — dun dun — and the sight of a dorsal fin, tension builds and your heart beats like…

In addition to conducting research and leading USC’s regenerative medicine and biology efforts, Andrew P. McMahon will teach undergraduates each year in USC Dornsife, fulfilling a commitment to helping students learn basic scientific concepts.

Andrew McMahon to Join USC Dornsife's Department of Biological Sciences

February 16, 2012

Biologist Andrew P. McMahon will leave Harvard University to join the Keck School of Medicine of USC on July 1 as a Provost Professor and the inaugural holder of the W. M. Keck Professorship of Stem Cell Biology and…

Mark Benthien, director for communication, education and outreach for the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) and executive director of the Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA), which are both headquartered in USC Dornsife, has been named a White House Champion of Change for his international work. Photo courtesy of John Marquis.

Mark Benthien Honored by the White House

February 10, 2012

The 6.7-magnitude Northridge earthquake that shook Southern California in 1994 did more than rattle Mark Benthien out of his bed at UCLA. It reaffirmed his commitment to earthquake preparedness. After that quake, which killed…