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USC Dornsife assistant professor Sean Curran speaks to Manchester Avenue Elementary School students at its sixth annual science fair. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Science Ed: Never Too Cool for School

June 8, 2012

“How long do people live?” USC Dornsife’s Sean Curran asked a crowd of students at Manchester Avenue Elementary School. “Until they die,” one student quipped. “Good answer!” laughed…

Matthew Pratt, assistant professor of chemistry and biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has been named a 2012 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovator for his discovery of a possible link between metabolism and protein modification in cancer. Pratt's focuses on understanding how chemical modification affects the function and expands the diversity of proteins, which participate in nearly all operations in a cell. Photo by Ben Pack.

Risk and Reward

June 8, 2012

The Damon Runyon Cancer Foundation supports young scientists with creative, groundbreaking ideas leading to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Unlike many larger organizations, it funds research in its earliest…

Missionary Rudolf Fisch captured this photograph, part of the International Mission Photography Archive, in early 20th-century Ghana. Photo courtesy of the Basel Mission Image Archive.

USC Historical Photography Project Gets Boost from NEH

May 22, 2012

Since 2002, USC Dornsife’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) and the USC Libraries have partnered with archives around the world to digitize more than 82,000 historical photographs by Christian missionaries…

The Liberty Hill Foundation presented Manuel Pastor with the 2012 Wally Marks Changemaker Award. The recognition honors an outstanding individual whose work in the community illustrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s insight that while "the arc of history is long, it bends toward justice." Photo by Carlos Puma

Change Over Charity

May 14, 2012

As a USC Dornsife researcher, Manuel Pastor is dedicated to improving the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income, urban communities. In honor of his work, the Liberty Hill Foundation presented Pastor…

From left, professors Kelvin Davies and Enrique Cadenas with consul general of France in Los Angeles David Martinon, USC provost Elizabeth Garrett and USC president C. L. Max Nikias Photo by Dennis Martinez.

USC Professors Cadenas and Davies Knighted by France

May 10, 2012

Two USC professors were knighted on May 9 by an Order of the French Republic, among the highest civilian decorations awarded in France. Kelvin J. A. Davies, James E. Birren Professor of Gerontology at the USC Davis School…

From left, co-chair Erica Muhl, USC Dornsife associate professor Elsi Kaiser and Timothy Pinkston of the Mellon Mentoring Forum. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Faculty Receive Mellon Mentoring Awards

May 7, 2012

Twenty-eight Trojans were recognized for promoting the culture of mentoring at the fifth annual USC Mellon Mentoring Awards ceremony held on April 23 at the USC University Club. In its fifth year, the Mellon Mentoring Awards…

Air pollution experts John Seinfeld of California Institute of Technology, (left) and Kirk Smith of the University of California, Berkeley, earned the 2012 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, administered through USC Dornsife. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Something in the Air

May 7, 2012

John Seinfeld researches air pollution from the top down. The Louis E. Nohl Professor and professor of chemical engineering at the California Institute of Technology studies the tiny particles in the atmosphere for a broader…

Steve A. Kay currently serves as dean of biological sciences at the University of California, San Diego. Photo courtesy of the University of California, San Diego.

Kay Named New Dean of USC Dornsife

May 1, 2012

Steve A. Kay has been appointed the 21st dean of USC Dornsife, the university announced today. He will lead USC Dornsife starting this Fall. Kay, who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), currently serves as…

A USC scientist treats a glass slide with nanocrystals. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

USC Researchers Develop Path to Liquid Solar Cells

April 26, 2012

Scientists at USC have developed a potential pathway to cheap, stable solar cells made from nanocrystals so small they can exist as a liquid ink and be painted or printed onto clear surfaces. The solar nanocrystals are about…

Brighde Mullins has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work as a playwright. Her latest play is titled <em>The Bourgeois Pig</em>, a story about a photojournalist in the Vietnam War who becomes a paparazzo in Hollywood.

USC Dornsife's Brighde Mullins Named Guggenheim Fellow

April 25, 2012

Brighde Mullins, director of USC Dornsife’s Master of Professional Writing program, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work as a playwright. Mullins will use the fellowship to spend the Fall 2012 semester…