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The Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray of USC Dornsife (left) was recently honored for his work in the community in an event at Doheny Memorial Library hosted by USC President C. L. Max Nikias. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Tested By Fire

October 18, 2012

The Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray’s first trial by fire happened in the early 1950s. Then a young U.S. Air Force navigator, Murray was in a warplane when it erupted in flames on the tarmac. The pilot escaped the…

USC Dornsife's Laurie Brand (left to right), Fayez Hammad and Sherman Jackson were panelists during the recent discussion, “Outrage in the Middle East: The Video Incident.” Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Manufactured Outrage

October 15, 2012

Even in the highest levels of United States government, the cause of the demonstrations in the Middle East — and the killing of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya — following the online release of a trailer for a…

A new research project led by the USC Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI), housed in USC Dornsife, tracks brain, emotional and social development in children with and without musical training.

The Musical Brain

October 15, 2012

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LA Phil), the USC Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) housed in USC Dornsife, and Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) announced a research collaboration to investigate the emotional, social…

Named Penelope by researchers, this elephant seal is one of many fitted with a GPS tracking tag. These devices can be used to monitor potential climate change indices such as temperature increases. The tags are temporarily attached with glue and do not hurt the seals. ©Nicole Teutschel, courtesy of Tagging of Pacific Predators or TOPP.

Climate Change Hits the Beach

October 15, 2012

“Climate change is already here,” warned Douglas Capone, William and Julie Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife. “And it’s going to affect…

Nicos Petasis, Harold and Lillian Moulton Chair in Chemistry and professor of chemistry in USC Dornsife, collaborated with researchers in many disciplines in a published study unveiling a new drug to combat ovarian cancer. Photo by Alexandra Bissonnette.

Hope Against Ovarian Cancer

October 11, 2012

Scientists at USC have discovered a new type of drug for the treatment of ovarian cancer that works in a way that should not only decrease the number of doses that patients need to take, but also may make it effective for…

USC Dornsife researchers found that watching someone we dislike in motion affects brain activity leading to "differential processing" -- for example, thinking the person is moving more slowly than he or she actually is.

Do You Like Me Now?

October 9, 2012

Hate the Lakers? Do the Celtics make you want to hurl? Whether you like someone can affect how your brain processes their actions, according to new research from the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI), housed in USC…

USC Dornsife's Laura Pulido stands near the gravesite of Owen Brown in the hills of Altadena, Calif., one of the sites in her new guidebook, <em>A People's Guide to Los Angeles</em>. Photo by Laura Paisley.

L.A.’s Vernacular Landscapes

October 8, 2012

There is a tendency among my friends in Chicago, where I lived for the past eight years, to not see a Los Angeles beyond the Hollywood glitz and the tales of horrible traffic and bodily artificiality. And before making L.A.…

USC Dornsife's Valter Longo's latest study published in <em>PLOS One</em> shows that short-term fasting in mice appears to improve the effectiveness of radiation and chemotherapy in treating gliomas. Here Longo works in his laboratory. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Fasting and Radiation Therapy

October 1, 2012

A new study from USC Dornsife researchers is the first to show that controlled fasting improves the effectiveness of radiation therapy in cancer treatments, extending life expectancy in mice with aggressive brain…

The Arch of Sorrow marking the entrance to the museum built on the site of The Akmolinsk Camp for the Wives of the Traitors of the Fatherland (ALZHIR). Photo by Azade-Ayse Rorlich.

Steppes Ahead

October 1, 2012

Descending from the upholstered comfort of their van into the vast, windswept steppe of Northern Kazakhstan, six USC Dornsife students gazed about them at an abandoned guard tower and the futuristic-looking Arch of Sorrow…

Charles McKenna, professor of chemistry and vice dean for natural sciences in USC Dornsife (third from left), wears his decoration recognizing him as a <em>Chevalier</em> (Knight) in the <em>Ordre des Palmes Académiques</em> (Order of Academic Palms), with (from left) incoming USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay; USC Executive Vice Provost Michael Quick; and Chi Mak, professor and chair of chemistry in USC Dornsife. Photo courtesy of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles.

Academic Accolades from France

September 28, 2012

Charles McKenna, professor of chemistry and vice dean for natural sciences in USC Dornsife, has been named a Chevalier, or Knight, in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms) by the prime minister of…