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David Kang, whose research defies conventional beliefs about East Asian defense budgets and possible war in the region, has received a three-year grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Researching the Pacific Rim

November 13, 2014

With headlines screaming “China, U.S. Moving Closer to Viewing War as Inevitable,” and “China Thinks it Can Defeat America in Battle,” you’d think a war with China was imminent. But USC…

Jaime Guevara-Aguirre (left), and Valter Longo at the USC Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center at USC University Park campus. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Small in Stature, Big on Health

November 13, 2014

How and why could a gene that stunts growth also shut down cancer and diabetes? USC biogerontologist Valter Longo and Ecuadorian endocrinologist Jaime Guevara-Aguirre are hoping to find the answer in a study of 30 individuals…

Illustrations by Peter Hoey for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

The Vicious Circle

November 10, 2014

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The grave marker of emigrant Lucinda Duncan on the Overland Trail just outside Beowawe, Nevada. Like thousands of other 19th century pioneers who used the trail to cross the continent to Oregon and California, Duncan perished on the journey. Photo by Sarah Keyes.

The Best of the West

November 7, 2014

Tinkling cowbells. A kettle singing on a campfire. The howl of a wolf. The deafening boom of an approaching thunderstorm. Sounds such as these became important harbingers for migrants on the mid-19th century Overland Trail.…

USC Dornsife’s Brian Rathbun of international relations has put the study of diplomacy on the map with his new book, <em>Diplomacy’s Value: Creating Security in 1920s Europe and the Contemporary Middle East</em>, published by Cornell University Press. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Diplomatic Chess Game

November 6, 2014

The brutal murders of journalists and aid workers by terrorist organizations such al Qaeda and ISIS have thrust the issue of negotiation into the spotlight. With the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — ISIS…

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…