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Tackling health issues from dental disease to cancer, faculty and students connect with people throughout the world. Illustrations by Richard Mia for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

A Wealth of Health

June 19, 2014

After a catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake ripped through Haiti in 2010, crews posted signs warning against drinking contaminated river water. But since most of the population could not read, the caution went largely…

Artist Julie Selan’s reconstruction of Zanda fauna from the Pliocene epoch. Image courtesy of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Arctic Fox, Woolly Rhino and Three-toed Horse

June 17, 2014

For the past 2.5 million years, the Earth has experienced millennia-long cold and warm cycles that collectively have become known as the Ice Age. During cold periods, continental-scale ice sheets blanketed large tracts of the…

The Fulbright Scholarship was established to increase the mutual understanding among the United States and other countries. USC Dornsife students and alumni who are 2014-15 Fulbright Scholars will study and teach throughout the world. Clockwise from top left, Fan Fan, Rebecca Ryan, Bijou Diem Tran Nguyen, Vivian Yan, Samantha Freitag, Samir Kumar, John Hernandez and Brendan McMahon.

A Fulbright Fête

June 17, 2014

Eight exceptional USC Dornsife students have been selected for the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship, awarded for academic achievement and commitment to cultural engagement. USC has been recognized as among the top 40 research…

“We could not predict that prolonged fasting would have such a remarkable effect in promoting stem cell-based regeneration of the hematopoietic system,” said Valter Longo, corresponding author of a recent study in <em>Cell Stem Cell</em>. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

The Benefits of Fasting

June 10, 2014

In the first evidence of a natural intervention triggering stem cell-based regeneration of an organ or system, a study in the June 5 issue of Cell Stem Cell shows that cycles of prolonged fasting not only protect against…

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…