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Dawn Nagel, a postdoctoral researcher at USC Dornsife and lead author on a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, works in Steve Kay’s laboratory. Photo courtesy of Kay Lab.

Plants and their Stressors

September 22, 2014

Scientists have discovered a key molecular cog in a plant’s biological clock — one that modulates the speed of circadian (daily) rhythms based on temperature. Transcription factors, or genetic switches, drive gene…

USC Dornsife’s Richard F. Thompson was the first neuroscientist to identify and map the neural circuits responsible for classical conditioning — a form of learning. Photo by Philip Channing.

In Memoriam: Richard F. Thompson, 84

September 20, 2014

University Professor Emeritus Richard F. Thompson, William M. Keck Chair Emeritus in Psychology and Biological Sciences at USC Dornsife, a pioneer in the field of neuroscience, has died. He was 84. Thompson of Nipomo,…

USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay (second from right) announced the appointments of Richard Antaramian (left), Richard Hovannisian and Salpi Ghazarian (right) during a gathering of the leadership council and supporters of USC Dornsife’s Institute of Armenian Studies. Photo by Shahe Melelian.

Dean Kay Appoints New Armenian Institute Director and Faculty

August 18, 2014

On August 14, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Dean Steve Kay announced the appointment of Salpi Ghazarian as director of USC Dornsife’s Institute of Armenian Studies (IAS) at a gathering of the IAS…

USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay, Hashem Pesaran, Kenneth Nealson and Ray Stevens are among those deemed by Thomson Reuters to have the most scientifically influential minds in the world.

World’s Most Influential Scientists

July 17, 2014

Four researchers at USC Dornsife have been named by Thomson Reuters as having “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” for 2014. Based in New York City, the multinational media and information firm…

The clones for the library were taken from Arabidopsis, a flowering plant related to cabbage and mustard seen here. “You can think of <em>Arabidopsis</em> as the mouse of the botanical world,” USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay said. Photo by Dawn Nagel.

Kay Lab Creates First Vast Library of Master Genetic Switches in Plants

July 17, 2014

USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay and his researchers have created the first comprehensive library of genetic switches in plants, which will be available for scientists to use around the globe. The collection contains about 2,000…

While still children, both Erna and Andrew Viterbi fled Europe and came to the United States with their families before World War II due to growing anti-Semitism. Their $5 million gift to USC Shoah Foundation will boost efforts to share testimonies of Holocaust and genocide survivors around the world. Photo by Steve Cohn.

$15 Million Gift to USC Establishes Endowed Chairs and Fellowships

June 25, 2014

Trustee Andrew Viterbi, Ph.D. ’62, and his wife, Erna, have added to their rich legacy of philanthropy at USC with a generous $15 million gift to boost scholarship in engineering and genocide studies. The namesakes of…

Former senior adviser to the U.S. Department of Defense, alumnus Jeffrey Fields brings years of experience at the highest level of government to his new position at USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations. Fields will lead the new USC Dornsife Washington D.C. program. Photo by Susan Bell.

Politics Comes to Life

June 19, 2014

Joining USC Dornsife as assistant professor of the practice of international relations, alumnus Jeffrey Fields will direct a new program in Washington D.C. to be launched in Spring 2015. As a former senior adviser to the U.S.…

USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay (center) with (from left) Takato Imaizumi, Fernanda Ceriani, John Hogenesch, Stacey Harmer, Andrew Millar and Satchin Panda at the 25th anniversary symposium of Kay’s laboratory. All presented their research. Photo by Eric Larsen Images.

Biological Time Flies

June 4, 2014

USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay often describes his ambitious goals for cross-disciplinary collaboration. However, what some may not know is that as a scientist Kay not only espouses these ideas, but has been among the first to…

President Barack Obama holds up his Ambassador for Humanity Award, presented to him by USC Trustee Steven Spielberg, founder of USC Shoah Foundation — the Institute for Visual History and Education. Photos by Getty Images.

‘Eternal Flame of Testimony’

May 8, 2014

In recognition of his efforts to protect human rights, his commitment to education and his work advancing opportunities for all people, President Barack Obama was presented May 7 with the Ambassador for Humanity Award by…

American Academy of Arts and Sciences fellow Gary Watson is a leading expert in moral theory, moral psychology, philosophy of law, and moral and criminal responsibility. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Watson Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 29, 2014

Gary Watson, Provost Professor of Philosophy and Law, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the world’s most prestigious honorary societies. The USC Dornsife scholar, who has a…