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The Genius of a Disorderly Enzyme

The Genius of a Disorderly Enzyme

June 24, 2011

Why is antibody diversity important? Think about it like this, said Myron Goodman: “Why don’t you die when I sneeze? It’s because you have a powerful immune system. And the way to get a decent immune system…

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute housed in USC Dornsife, and alumnus Thomas Denson, who earned his Ph.D. in psychology from USC Dornsife in 2007, were recognized as “rising stars” by the Association for Psychological Science.

Making Their Mark

June 21, 2011

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute housed in USC Dornsife, and Thomas Denson, a USC Dornsife alumnus, were recently lauded by the Association for Psychological…

Bill Deverell received a 2011 Gold Crown Award from the Pasadena Arts Council at a ceremony on June 10. Photo courtesy of the Pasadena Arts Council.

Devoted to the City of Roses

June 13, 2011

Bill Deverell has spent his academic career exploring the history and culture of California. With research interests including the American West after the Civil War and the environmental history of Los Angeles, and as the…

Alexander Benderskii, associate professor of chemistry and senior author of the new study in <em>Nature</em>.

Water’s Surface Not All Wet

June 8, 2011

Air and water meet over most of the earth’s surface, but exactly where one ends and the other begins turns out to be a surprisingly subtle question. A new study in Nature narrows the boundary to just one quarter of…

During a previous trip to Ghana, USC Dornsife alumna Elizabeth Barreras who founded Blue Kitabu mentors a student in Asebu. Photo by Alexander J. Rivest.

Sowing the Seeds for Sustainability

June 6, 2011

After earning her bachelor’s in international relations from USC Dornsife in 2007, Elizabeth Barreras kept in touch with her adviser and professor Steven Lamy. Barreras went on to earn her master’s at the School…

When Sarah Waliany of USC Dornsife discovered there was no online science magazine for undergraduates on campus, she started one herself. The lead story in <em>USCience Review</em> she is displaying discusses mercury in dental amalgam fillings. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Undergrads Launch Science Blog

June 2, 2011

A group of ingenious USC undergraduates aren’t waiting for that golden opportunity to publish their science articles. They have created their own online science magazine, USCience Review, and are regularly posting…

Kellie Spafford (far left), lab technician at the Wrigley Marine Science Center, describes a sea hare to “Saturday at the Lab” visitors. Photo by Sean Conner.

Spend a "Saturday at the Lab" on Catalina Island

June 2, 2011

This summer, the USC Philip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island welcomes the general public to visit its state-of-the-art research facilities through its “Saturday at the Lab” program, which began…

From left, Michelle Damian, Lyndsey Hoh, Emily Kamen, USC president C. L. Max Nikias, Cara Magnabosco, Amanda Tasse, Tiffany Yang and Debory Li. Photo by Noe Montes.

(Ful)Bright Futures

June 1, 2011

This year, seven of the 10 USC students and alumni awarded Fulbright Fellowships are from the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. They will teach English, conduct research and study in various…

From left to right: Chris Hammons, lecturer in anthropology; Lisa Bitel, professor of history and religion, and chair of the CRCC Interdisciplinary Research Group; Jane Iwamura, assistant professor of religion and American studies and ethnicity; and Brad Nabors, Ph.D. candidate in sociology. Photo by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

Getting Religion

May 31, 2011

Not long after Indonesia’s transition from dictatorship to democracy, Christian Hammons was sitting at a coffee shop in Bukittinggi, a city on Sumatra’s tourist circuit. Hammons, who was about to begin his doctoral…

Linguist Noam Chomsky chats with a student during a recent conference honoring the work of Jean-Roger Vergnaud, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and professor of linguistics in USC Dornsife, who died Jan. 31. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

A Tribute to Words

May 27, 2011

One of the founders of modern linguistics Noam Chomsky recalled in the 1950s when a prominent senior linguist told him flat out that he would no longer conduct analyses but only collect data. The senior linguist told Chomsky…