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Alumnus Michael Dawson, Ph.D., '67 has taught psychology at USC Dornsife for nearly 30 years. He is well known for his application of psychophysiology to schizophrenia. Here, he teaches his class on emotion and the heart. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Preventing Relapse

October 16, 2013

One in a hundred people suffers from schizophrenia. Characterized by hallucinations, delusions and gross disorganization of thought and speech, schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling brain disorder. During a…

USC Dornsife's Charles McKenna and Myron Goodman research crystal structures for the repair enzyme, DNA polymerase beta (seen here). The enzyme contains an inhibitor molecule (shown in yellow) which forms a complex with DNA. It is designed to selectively block polymerase beta DNA synthesis to kill cancer cells, while ensuring survival of normal cells. Image courtesy of Boris Kashemirov.

Killing Cancer

October 16, 2013

Chemotherapy offers cancer patients hope of a cure, or at least of remission. The problem with the treatment is that all too often a hard-won remission is only temporary. “A typical pattern is that people take the drug,…

Chi Mak, professor and chair of chemistry (left) and Myron Goodman, professor of biological sciences and chemistry, have collaborated on research published Oct. 11 in <em>The Journal of Biological Chemistry</em> selected by the journal as "paper of the week." Mak photo by Taylor Foust. Goodman photo by Philip Channing.

Unlocking Biology With Math

October 10, 2013

USC Dornsife scientists have created a mathematical model that explains and predicts the biological process that creates antibody diversity — the phenomenon that keeps us healthy by generating robust immune systems…

A Nobel Achievement

Arieh Warshel Wins Nobel Prize

October 9, 2013

Arieh Warshel, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, has earned a new title: Nobel Laureate. The Royal Swedish Academy…

University Professor Michael Waterman with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai who awarded him the People's Republic of China Friendship Award at a ceremony held Sept. 29 in the Great Hall of the People at Tiananmen Square. The award is the Chinese government's highest honor for foreigners. Photo courtesy of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) of China.

Hands Across the Water

October 4, 2013

Michael Waterman, University Professor and USC Associates Chair in Natural Sciences, is a 2013 recipient of the People’s Republic of China Friendship Award — the Chinese government’s highest honor for…

One app in development through the course taught by USC Dornsife's Edward Pultar maps out the location of equipment on Metro rail lines, especially helpful for new work crews unfamiliar with lines.

From Maps to Apps

October 4, 2013

Every day, smartphone users rely on mapping data for directions, weather and social media. But graduate students in a new mobile design course at USC Dornsife are finding more creative uses for their phones, such as tracking…

In <em>The Russian Avant-garde, Siberia and the East</em> exhibition, abstract imagery from Russian Avant-garde artist Wassily Kandinsky’s 1919 oil painting <em>White Oval</em> was inspired by shamanistic artifacts from Siberia. Image courtesy of the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

Shamans and the Russian Avant-garde

September 26, 2013

White Oval is an enigmatic canvas of bright colors and intricate, abstract shapes on a pale background. Considering Wassily Kandinsky’s 1919 oil painting might leave you groping for context. Indeed, the artist himself…

USC Dornsife’s Steven Finkel works in his laboratory with biological sciences senior Christopher Geiger. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Diversifying the Lab

September 23, 2013

For more than a decade, USC Dornsife’s Steven Finkel has been working to diversify the field of biological sciences. “It’s not a secret, academic research departments don’t look like America,”…

Norbert Schwarz will be Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing and Daphna Oyserman will be Dean’s Professor of Psychology, and professor of psychology, education and communication. Photos courtesy of CASBS at Stanford University.

Psyched Up

September 20, 2013

USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett has announced the appointment of Norbert Schwarz as Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing and Daphna Oyserman as Dean’s Professor of Psychology, and professor of psychology,…

General Francisco "Pancho" Villa on horseback, during the Mexican Revolution, 1914. Villa is part of the PBS series <em>Latino Americans</em> in which USC Dornsife's George Sanchez participated. Courtesy of Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

Latino Americans on PBS

September 16, 2013

At the start of the Great Depression, Amelia Casteñada’s father lost his job as a stonemason and her family struggled. She had just celebrated her First Holy Communion when her mother died of tuberculosis in 1934.…