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Two USC Dornsife researchers used string field theory to try to validate quantum mechanics. Photo courtesy of astrophysics.pro.

Mechanics of String Theory

November 6, 2014

Two USC Dornsife researchers have proposed a link between string field theory and quantum mechanics that could open the door to using string field theory — or a broader version of it, called M-theory — as the basis…

Professor of Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences Katrina J. Edwards’ discoveries centered on life forms beneath the ocean floor, also called “intraterrestrial life.” Photo by Phil Channing.

In Memoriam: Katrina J. Edwards, 46

October 29, 2014

Katrina J. Edwards, professor of biological sciences and earth sciences at USC Dornsife, a leader in the field of geomicrobiology, has died. She was 46. Edwards of South Pasadena, California, died peacefully on Oct. 26 after…

The 3-D modeling of proteins project was started by USC Dornsife’s Raymond Stevens, who is focused on the structure and function of GPCRs and human cell signaling. Illustration by Katya Kadyshevskaya, courtesy of Ray Stevens.

Collaboration in 3-D

October 28, 2014

USC has joined with academic and industry leaders across the Pacific Rim to create a nonprofit organization that will generate high-resolution images of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs), which are poorly understood but…

From left: USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay; Provost Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry Raymond Stevens; philanthropist and retired orthopaedic spinal surgeon Dr. Gary K. Michelson; USC President C. L. Max Nikias; president of Karlin Asset Management David Cohen; and USC Viterbi School of Engineering Dean Yannis C. Yortsos. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience Ushers in New Era

October 23, 2014

USC broke ground today on the new USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience — soon to be the largest building on campus and perhaps the catalyst for a biomedical research corridor in Los Angeles.

 The center was…

Raymond Stevens (right) and Peter Kuhn’s laboratories will bring a cohort of approximately 50 researchers to USC. Their labs will be housed in the new USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, which broke ground on Oct. 23. Photo by Ryan Young.

USC Dornsife Recruits Renowned Leaders in Molecular Research

October 23, 2014

Raymond C. Stevens and Peter Kuhn have been named Provost Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry and Dean’s Professor of Biological Sciences, respectively. The announcements were made by Provost Elizabeth Garrett…

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…