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A view from the iconic Hollywood sign into the expanse of the Los Angeles Basin.

Saga of the Southland

November 17, 2011

There may be few clashes in Los Angeles history that cut as deep as the rivalry between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins. But this Fall, members of both sides are putting aside any contentions to study the city they call…

USC students drop, cover and hold on during a 2010 Great ShakeOut drill on the University Park campus. Photo by Shirley Shin.

ShakeOut Drills Expected to Top 9 Million Participants

October 17, 2011

More people than ever will be crouching under desks at 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20, as the 2011 Great California ShakeOut gains participants in California and across the country. Registrations from California residents for the…

Inset: <em>Alexandrium catenella</em> algae, which USC Dornsife biologist David Caron and his colleagues are studying. Photo courtesy of David Caron. Image: Red tide caused by dinoflagellates off the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Pier in La Jolla, Calif., in 2005. Photo by Alejandro Díaz.

Toxic Red Tides: USC Scientist Tracks Neurotoxin-Producing Algae

September 30, 2011

With toxic algal blooms — which can increase the amount of harmful toxins in the shellfish that California residents consume — ramping up in frequency and severity locally, scientists in USC Dornsife have…

Bill Deverell received a 2011 Gold Crown Award from the Pasadena Arts Council at a ceremony on June 10. Photo courtesy of the Pasadena Arts Council.

Devoted to the City of Roses

June 13, 2011

Bill Deverell has spent his academic career exploring the history and culture of California. With research interests including the American West after the Civil War and the environmental history of Los Angeles, and as the…

Kellie Spafford (far left), lab technician at the Wrigley Marine Science Center, describes a sea hare to “Saturday at the Lab” visitors. Photo by Sean Conner.

Spend a "Saturday at the Lab" on Catalina Island

June 2, 2011

This summer, the USC Philip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island welcomes the general public to visit its state-of-the-art research facilities through its “Saturday at the Lab” program, which began…

Taking Action in California's Future

Taking Action in California's Future

April 29, 2011

Want to do something positive for California? This Fall, USC students can take a course that asks this question, then gives them the tools to help bring the Golden State back to prosperity. The class,…

May Berenbaum won the 2011 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, administered by USC Dornsife. Berenbaum was honored for her work on the co-evolutionary arms race between plants and the insects that eat them, and for helping to pass a bill addressing the disappearance of honey bees. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Postcards from the Edge of a Leaf

April 22, 2011

Entomologist May Berenbaum is bugged by Rep. Joe Baca. Seeking to forever squash the Delhi sands flower-loving fly, the congressman for California’s 43rd district is pushing for a bill that would amend the federal…

Kam Kuwata ’75 at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colo. Photo courtesy of Bill Carrick.

In Memoriam: Kam Kuwata, 57

April 21, 2011

USC Dornsife alumnus and political strategist Kam Kuwata, who worked for Senator Dianne Feinstein and late Senator Alan Cranston, has died. He was 57. Kuwata died in his Venice, Calif., home on April 11. His sudden death…

Doctoral candidate Beth Stauffer (left), research technician Alyssa  Gellene, and Astrid Schnetzer, assistant research professor, all of David Caron's laboratory use an EcoMapper to measure the oxygen level and other water data toward the end of the cleanup effort at King Harbor. Photo by Carl Oberg.

Nothing Fishy about Sardine Kill

April 4, 2011

The few million silvery sardines that recently went belly up at Redondo Beach have been removed and the rotten egg smell has nearly dissipated. But the fish kill story at King Harbor is not over. “We’re going to…

It Ought to be a Law

At the Forefront of Change

March 21, 2011

Swapping jeans and graphic T-shirts for suits and ties, 21 USC Dornsife students ascended the steps of the California State Capitol. After months preparing for the final presentation, students in the freshman seminar “It…