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Interactive Maps for the Brain

Golgi Your Brain

October 20, 2014

What’s the route between smell and memory? Where’s the connection between habits and Parkinson’s disease? How does habit detour into addiction? To answer these and other complex scientific and medical…

USC Dornsife’s Scott Fraser (left) and Don Arnold, and Carl Kesselman of USC Viterbi School of Engineering, are redefining what is possible with their research mapping neurons in zebrafish to learn how new memories are formed. Fraser photo by John Livzey; Arnold photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou; Kesselman photo courtesy of Carl Kesselman.

$9.7 Million NIH Award

October 17, 2014

Three top USC scientists — Don Arnold, Scott Fraser and Carl Kesselman — will receive a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Transformative Research Award to map the neurons in the living brain of a zebrafish,…

Math with a Twist

Knot a Problem

October 14, 2014

For their aesthetics and spiritual symbolism, knots have fascinated humans since prehistory. Mathematicians have been drawn to the study of knots since the 18th century. First developed in 1771, becoming a discipline in the…

Scott Kanoski, assistant professor of biological sciences at USC Dornsife, is corresponding author on a new study indicating that consuming sugary liquids in adolescents may lead to memory loss. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Sugar Linked to Memory Woes

October 7, 2014

Studying rats as model subjects, USC Dornsife scientists found that adolescents were at an increased risk of suffering negative health effects from sugar-sweetened beverage consumption. Adolescent rats that freely consumed…

Harriet Forster, professor emerita of physics and astronomy, seen here in 1963 at USC, escaped from Nazi-occupied Austria and became a world-renowned nuclear physicist. Photo courtesy of USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Harriet Herta Forster, 97

October 3, 2014

Harriet Herta Forster, professor emerita of physics and astronomy at USC Dornsife, an internationally known figure in the field of experimental nuclear physics, has died. She was 97. Forster died peacefully of natural causes…

Social psychologist Norbert Schwarz conducts research focusing on human judgment and decision making. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Schwarz Wins Lifetime Award

September 30, 2014

USC Dornsife’s Norbert Schwarz has been honored with the 2014 Donald T. Campbell Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP). The Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing received the award…

Gerald Larue taught religion and archaeology at USC Dornsife for more than 20 years. He took students on many trips to the Middle East to excavate artifacts, still used today for research and instruction. Photo by Wendy Malecki, courtesy of the USC University Archives.

In Memoriam: Gerald “Gerry” Larue, 98

September 29, 2014

Professor emeritus Gerald “Gerry” Larue, a 23-year faculty member in the USC Dornsife School of Religion and founder of USC’s Archaeological Research Collection, has died. He was 98. Larue died after a…

G.K. Surya Prakash of chemistry has worked in fluorine chemistry for 25 years. Recently, his research proved the existence of a long-lived form of the trifluoromethanide anion, which many chemists considered impossible. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Chemists Dispel Long-held Notion

September 26, 2014

In a recent study, USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute chemists have dispelled a long-held notion regarding the ubiquitous fluorine-containing trifluoromethyl group. The trifluoromethyl group is significant in chemistry…

From left, doctoral student Diane Kim, SPOT coordinator Troy Gunderson and doctoral student David Needham stand aboard research vessel <em>Yellowfin</em> with a Rosette water sampler equipped with sensors used to collect real-time environmental data. Photo by Cheryl Chow.

A Scientific Hot SPOT

September 25, 2014

At a station in the San Pedro Basin, a region between Los Angeles Harbor and Catalina Island, USC Dornsife faculty and student researchers study the physical, biological and biogeochemical cycles that define the coastal…

The American Political Science Association recognized Jane Junn's book, in part, for including innovative data analysis, which drew from five surveys. Photo by Lizzie Hedrick.

Getting All Sides

September 23, 2014

Jane Junn, professor of political science, likens her research on public opinion of immigration to a white light entering a prism — specifically the iconic image on the cover of Pink Floyd’s album The Dark Side of…