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Emily Smail, a doctoral candidate in the USC College marine environmental biology program, stands near a water sampling system on the deck of the research vessel Kilo Moana near Hawaii. Photo credit Eric Webb.

Essential Vitamins in the Marine Environment

October 21, 2010

Two USC College biologists have received support from the National Science Foundation to examine the conditions that lead to the synthesis of B vitamins in the marine environment and the influence of those vitamins on marine…

Phytoplankton in mixed communities.

Microbes on the Menu

July 27, 2010

The functioning of marine ecosystems depends on the size and flavor of microbes at the base of the food chain. Changes to the Earth's atmosphere might rearrange that microscopic menu. Microbes that currently are the main…

Dynamic topography (gray surface) and mantle flow (vectors) as predicted by a geodynamic model for the Mediterranean.

Dismantling a Volcanic Puzzle

June 3, 2010

If tectonic plate collisions cause volcanic eruptions, as every fifth grader knows, why do some volcanoes erupt far from a plate boundary? A study in Nature suggests that volcanoes and mountains in the Mediterranean can…

Katrina Edwards, professor of biological sciences and earth sciences in USC College, is leading a team to explore the subseafloor biosphere as a result of the establishment of the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI). Photo credit Phil Channing.

The Power and Promise of the Ocean

April 26, 2010

"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” These were the remarkable words spoken by President…

EPR-ENDOR E580 console and magnet (left) and new NMR 600 MHz magnet (right).

Chemistry Off the Charts

April 26, 2010

Great scientists make great science happen. But clearly they need cutting-edge facilities for ground-breaking scientific research. And that’s what is happening in USC College’s Department of Chemistry. The vision…

A diver works with an underwater acoustic receiver at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island as part of a project supported by the USC Sea Grant program. Photo credit Chris Lowe.

USC Sea Grant Director Headed to China Workshop

March 2, 2010

Linda Duguay, director of the USC Sea Grant program, has been selected to participate in a National Science Foundation workshop in China to discuss a foundation-supported ocean science education project and its possible…

USC College's Katrina J. Edwards has been recommended for an award of a $25 million National Science Foundation grant to establish a new science and technology center. Photo credit Philip Channing.

USC Awarded $25 Million NSF Grant for New Center to Study the Deep Biosphere

February 19, 2010

Katrina J. Edwards, professor of biological sciences and Earth sciences in the University of Southern California's College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, has been recommended for an award of a $25 million NSF grant to…

The Amazon River outflow extends thousands of kilometers into the Atlantic Ocean.

Support Hiked for Amazon River Study

January 14, 2010

An enormous plume of freshwater leaves the Amazon River and spreads across the tropical Atlantic Ocean, setting the stage for the symbiosis of some bacteria and algae on a scale that appears to subtly influence the climate of…

Aravid Asok, assistant professor of mathematics in USC, has received a federal stimulus grant to advance his research, which applies newly developed mathematical tools to the theory of homotopy. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Adding Funds to the Equation

December 21, 2009

Arriving in USC College in August, Aravind Asok, assistant professor of mathematics in USC College, has been awarded a $135,552 federal stimulus grant by the National Science Foundation. The grant will enable Asok to continue…

The Younger Side of Microbiology

The Younger Side of Microbiology

June 10, 2009

According to the National Science Foundation, 80 percent of jobs in the future will require some math and science skills. "Math and science are the new foundational literacy for everyone," said Tom Luce, chief executive…