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Caleb Smith, a 16-year-old local high school student, won the opportunity to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, or ISEF. He developed his research working in the laboratory of USC Dornsife’s John Tower. Photo by Misty Mercier.

Encouraging Young Scientists

June 6, 2014

As Caleb Smith watched the video of a Sudanese land mine victim using a prosthetic arm to eat unassisted for the first time in seven years, he was struck by the ability of science to fundamentally change a human life. Smith,…

USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay (center) with (from left) Takato Imaizumi, Fernanda Ceriani, John Hogenesch, Stacey Harmer, Andrew Millar and Satchin Panda at the 25th anniversary symposium of Kay’s laboratory. All presented their research. Photo by Eric Larsen Images.

Biological Time Flies

June 4, 2014

USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay often describes his ambitious goals for cross-disciplinary collaboration. However, what some may not know is that as a scientist Kay not only espouses these ideas, but has been among the first to…

Researchers in Provost Professor of Biological Sciences Scott Fraser’s laboratory use confocal microscopy to capture a 3D projection of a live, developing zebrafish heart at 54 hours post-fertilization. A mitochondrial protein (green) and the nuclei (red) of the heart muscle cells are visible by a protein-trapping approach developed by Fraser’s team. Photo by Le Trinh.

ConvURGENT Bioscience

May 29, 2014

Like an artist sharing her latest Starry Night, geneticist Le Trinh invited her colleague to come see her experiment. Hunched over a microscope, Vikas Trivedi watched what looked like tiny bumper cars meandering inside a…

USC Dornsife's Aaron Lauda of mathematics teaches high school senior Jailyne Olvera and another student how to solve the knot theory game he developed to show students how mathematical knowledge is developed and processed. Photo by Susan Bell.

Knot a Problem

May 27, 2014

In a USC classroom, Jailyne Olvera, a junior at Augustus Hawkins High School in South Los Angeles studied a knotted rope lying on the table, then stared at a chart of knots. “Wow, this is hard,” she sighed, her…

Research by USC Dornsife's Justin Wood showing how visual cognition emerges in the newborn brain could be used to develop new technology to help the blind. Wood has won an NSF award to further his research. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Early CAREER Award

May 27, 2014

Justin Wood, assistant professor of psychology at USC Dornsife, is interested in how humans and other animals learn to understand the world. His research, which examines the origins of knowledge by testing how cognition…

Lorraine Sadler, a technician at the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, samples kelp for the radiation study. Photo by Alexandra Winqvist.

Kelp Watch 2014

May 27, 2014

Researchers with the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, housed in USC Dornsife, will collect kelp in the waters of Big Fisherman’s Cove off Catalina as part of a scientific campaign to evaluate radioactive…

Screening methods at Calibr include the use of sophisticated robotics seen here — making it possible to process thousands of experiments daily. Photo courtesy of Calibr.

Industry and Academe Team Up

May 22, 2014

The California Institute for Biomedical Research (Calibr), a nonprofit organization founded by renowned chemical biologist Peter Schultz, has launched a research collaboration with USC Dornsife. The partnership will expedite…

USC Dornsife's Douglas Capone and Linda Duguay, both of biological sciences, traveled to Saudi Arabia to spearhead a collaborative research project with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Here they are pictured aboard a KAUST research vessel. Photos courtesy of Doug Capone and Linda Duguay.

Plunging into the Red Sea

May 22, 2014

Sailing across the Red Sea, USC Dornsife’s Douglas Capone and Linda Duguay hoped to get an up-close view of the reddish blooms created by cyanobacteria, which give the water its distinctive, eponymous hue. “The…

The four 2014 USC Dornsife Scholars, who earned their bachelor's degrees May 16, were each awarded $10,000 to be used for graduate or professional school studies.

USC Dornsife Scholars

May 16, 2014

The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the class of Dornsife Scholars for 2014. The four outstanding graduating USC Dornsife seniors were selected based on their academic achievements…

The highest academic degree is a doctorate. This year, 203 doctoral students earned their Ph.Ds at USC Dornsife.

Our Dazzling Doctorates

May 15, 2014

Jia Liu: Dancing Through Darkness Jia Liu. Photo by Lizzie Hedrick. At age 6, Jia Liu was preparing for her first televised performance with an elite dancing school in Inner Mongolia. As a reward for her success, her…