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Brain activity imaged by an fMRI while participants with stroke viewed others performing an action. Blue areas show decreased activity (likely where there are lesions caused by a stroke) while red areas show increased activity (thought to be regions of the brain working harder to make up for the damaged regions). Image courtesy of Kathleen Garrison.

Exercising the Brain

June 12, 2013

A new study has found that stroke patients’ brains show strong cortical motor activity when observing others performing physical tasks — a finding that offers new insight into stroke rehabilitation. Using…

From left: Frank Ticheli of USC Thornton School of Music, David St. John of USC Dornsife and John Alexander, artistic director of the 140-voice chorale and the Pacific Symphony, link hands and take a bow. They received an outpouring of emotion from the audience with three curtain calls at their premiere of <em>The Shore</em> at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Photo by Andy Templeton.

Shifting Sands

June 10, 2013

The poem begins playfully with a boy at the ocean’s shore.First the tide surprisesAs it slowly risesThen the watersOf a boy’s fearsDisappear What is left seemsPearled & litThe gleaming stones& the boy…

USC Dornsife's Remo Rohs (center) with Ph.D. candidates Carolina Dantas (holding a 3-D model of transcription factors bound to DNA) and Tianyin Zhou (holding a 3-D model of a nucleosome). Dantas and Zhou have each coauthored three of the papers that Rohs published in the last two months. Photo by Susan Bell.

1-D to 3-D Genomics

June 10, 2013

Since his recent selection as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, Remo Rohs continues to demonstrate the research and creativity necessary to become a leader in the scientific community. In April and May, the assistant…

Led by Norman Arnheim and Peter Calabrese, molecular and computational biologists in USC Dornsife, a new study examines why the genetic disease Noonan syndrome is so common. Pictured is Arnheim.

Father’s Age Affects Offspring

June 6, 2013

Scientists in USC Dornsife have unlocked the mystery of why new cases of the genetic disease Noonan syndrome are so common — a mutation that causes the disease disproportionately increases a normal father’s…

Turning the Tide

June 6, 2013

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, assistant professor of psychology at USC Dornsife’s Brain and Creativity Institute, is particularly interested in social emotions that promote learning, motivation and resilience, such as compassion, admiration and inspiration. Photo by Steve Cohn.

How Emotions Evolve

June 3, 2013

How do culture and environment shape how we — and our brains — experience social emotions and self? That’s one of the intriguing domains Professor Mary Helen Immordino-Yang is exploring as part of her most…

A new report finding stark gender differences in how men and women age in China was led by John Strauss, professor of economics in USC Dornsife. Photo by Alexandra Bissonnette.

Gender Disparity in China

May 31, 2013

Researchers from USC, Peking University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a team of international partner institutions released on May 30 the first major report from a massive survey of Chinese adults…

In times of stress, people are just as likely to default to positive habits, such as eating a healthy breakfast, as they are to self-sabotage. Photo courtesy of  Daderot.

Healthy Habits Die Hard

May 29, 2013

Stress and exhaustion may turn us into zombies, but a novel study by USC researchers shows that mindless behavior doesn’t just lead to overeating and shopping sprees — it can also cause us to stick with behaviors…

A modern, electric city is born: a 1958 image of Los Angeles at night. Photo by Joseph Fadler, courtesy Huntington Library, San Marino.

Electric City

May 23, 2013

A towering electricity pylon dominates a moody black-and-white nightscape of 1950s Los Angeles. Silhouetted center stage, it straddles the landscape, its looping power cables carving up the artificially illuminated sky. At…

USC Dornsife’s Nicholas Warner will spend a year collaborating with colleagues throughout Europe and exploring the physics of black holes and holographic field theory. Photo by Max S. Gerber.

Warner Named Simons Foundation Fellow

May 8, 2013

Nicholas Warner, professor of physics and astronomy, has been named a 2013 Simons Foundation fellow. This year, 55 mathematicians and theoretical physicists from the United States and Canada received the honor, which provides…