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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected as fellows USC Dornsife's Donal Manahan, professor of biological sciences and vice dean of students; Anthony Michaels, professor of biological sciences; and Mathew McCubbins, provost professor of business, law and political economy. Manahan photo by Jie Gu; Michaels photo by Phil Channing, McCubbins photo courtesy of Mathew McCubbins.

Three USC Dornsife Professors Elected as AAAS Fellows

December 23, 2011

Three USC Dornsife professors have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), recognizing their contributions to science and technology. AAAS — known colloquially as…

A recent study conducted by Amon Emeka and Jody Agius Vallejo, assistant professors of sociology in USC Dornsife, explores why many people with Latin American ancestry do not choose a Latino ethnic identification on U.S. Census surveys. The paper was published in the November 2011 issue of Social Science Research. Photos courtesy of Amon Emeka and Jody Agius Vallejo.

Racial Identity Is Changing Among Latinos

December 23, 2011

Some first, second, and later generation Latinos in the United States are not identifying ethnically as Latino as they integrate into the fabric of American society, a recent USC Dornsife study found. On the American Community…

USC Dornsife's Karen Tongson is the author of the new book <em>Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries</em>.

USC Professor Rethinks Suburban Life in New Book

December 19, 2011

USC professor Karen Tongson likes to point out that “queer life happens everywhere.” Even in the suburbs. In the course of researching her new book, Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries (New York University…

The study of cancer survivors defined cognitive impairment as having problems in memory and thinking.

Surprising Results in USC Study of Twins

December 19, 2011

Older female cancer survivors are significantly more likely to suffer from long-term cognitive impairment after diagnosis and treatment compared to their twin sibling with no history of cancer, a USC study found. The risk…

USC Dornsife neuroscientist Alan Watts. Photo by Phil Channing.

USC Scientists Find Missing Link in Regulation of Glucose

December 16, 2011

A team led by USC neuroscientist Alan Watts identified for the first time a biochemical signal that helps regulate the amount of glucose in the blood. A better understanding of the way the body naturally deals with …

An article written by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang titled “Musings on the Neurobiological and Evolutionary Origins of Creativity” will appear this month in <em>LEARNing Landscapes</em>.

An Inspirational Look at Poetry

December 14, 2011

Like it or not, most people take work home with them. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, a neuroscientist and educational psychologist at USC, takes inspiration from home to work. Dissecting four poems written by her daughter Nora…

Remo Rohs of USC Dornsife studies the different shapes of two Hox-DNA binding sites. Photo by Jie Gu.

The Shape of Things to Come

December 8, 2011

A USC Dornsife scientist has developed an innovative method of predicting the shape of DNA, for the first time making it expedient to do so on a genomic scale. “DNA can have variations in shape, which are read by…

In recent years in southern California, there has been an increase of shellfish including clams pictured here becoming poisoned due to toxin events in the ocean. USC researchers are working on early detection of harmful algal blooms.

Curtailing Poisonous Shellfish

December 8, 2011

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has granted $4 million to a team including USC scientists for a five-year project to investigate early detection of potentially deadly algal blooms — known as…

USC Dornsife professsor Katrina Edwards spent two months in the Mid-Atlantic. Photo by Phil Channing.

From Deep Sea to Dry Dock

November 23, 2011

This week a USC scientist who spent 65 days at sea in search of life hidden beneath the seafloor returns from a successful expedition, which she chronicled in regular blog posts from her ship. Katrina Edwards of USC Dornsife…

USC Dornsife professor Kenneth Nealson is working on an atmospheric monitor that will search for signs of life on Mars. Photo by Phil Channing.

Is the 'Dead Planet' Full of Life?

November 22, 2011

David Bowie asked it best in his 1971 song “Life on Mars?” But when it comes to the question of whether there’s currently life on the Red Planet, USC Dornsife professor Kenneth Nealson is fairly confident…