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Alfonso Gonzales started at USC in 1947 as the first person in his family to go to college. On Friday, he will officially complete his USC Dornsife degree. Photos by Gus Ruelas.

WWII vet returns to USC to finish his studies

May 12, 2016

This semester, one Trojan has taken the adage “better late than never” to a whole new level. On May 13, 96-year-old World War II veteran Alfonso Gonzales will become the oldest graduate in USC history as he…

Herzliya is located on the central coast of Israel, one of the world's most rapidly aging nations.

Psychology’s Mara Mather to teach course in new partnership with Israeli institute

January 6, 2016

Come spring, students will have an opportunity to study gerontology subjects in the home of one of the world’s most rapidly aging populations: Israel. Professor Mara Mather, who holds joint appointments at USC Dornsife…

Alarming or exciting moments are known as “emotionally arousing” events, and they can enhance or hinder our ability to make memories.

Why we remember — or forget — details of alarming moments

December 16, 2015

When someone walks down the street and is startled by a car accident, what determines whether they clearly remember the details of what they were doing prior to the crash? Paradoxically, such alarming or exciting moments…

Red dye marks lipids in the soma of a normal worm. Photo courtesy of Sean Curran.

Procreation trumps survival — even on a cellular level

December 3, 2015

A newly discovered biological mechanism channels a mother’s available energy — in the form of fat — straight to the reproductive system during stressful times, protecting future offspring at the cost of the…

Alzheimer’s disease can affect men and women differently. Photo by Mark Spearman.

Men with Alzheimer’s gene at risk of brain bleeding

November 16, 2015

A common genetic variation that is linked to Alzheimer’s disease greatly raises the likelihood of tiny brain bleeds in some men, scientists have found. These “microbleeds” leave small points of damage…

Addressing Perception

Addressing Perception

November 16, 2015

A couple on the tiny Hebridean island of Colonsay in Scotland were planning their wedding earlier this year when the bride’s mother sent her daughter a photograph of the dress she planned to wear. When the bride showed…

Health care stereotype threat stemming from commonly held beliefs about unhealthy lifestyle choices can jeopardize care outcomes, according to a study by Cleopatra Abdou of psychology.

Health Care Stereotype Threat

October 30, 2015

Warning: Stereotypes may be harmful to patients’ health. A national study led by USC Dornsife’s Cleopatra Abdou found that people who encountered the threat of being judged by negative stereotypes related to…

Valter Longo has previously shown how fasting can help starve out cancer cells while protecting immune and other cells from chemotherapy toxicity.

Fasting-type diet appears to slow aging

June 22, 2015

Want to lose abdominal fat, get smarter and live longer? New research led by USC’s Valter Longo shows that periodically adopting a diet that mimics the effects of fasting may yield a wide range of health benefits. In a…

Jaime Guevara-Aguirre (left), and Valter Longo at the USC Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center at USC University Park campus. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Small in Stature, Big on Health

November 13, 2014

How and why could a gene that stunts growth also shut down cancer and diabetes? USC biogerontologist Valter Longo and Ecuadorian endocrinologist Jaime Guevara-Aguirre are hoping to find the answer in a study of 30 individuals…

Sean Curran and Shanshan Pang studied <em>C. elegans</em>, a one-millimeter-long worm that scientists have used as a model organism since the 1970s. Image by Alexander Lopez.

You Are as Old as You Eat

January 29, 2014

Your best friend swears by the Paleo Diet. Your boss loves Atkins. Your sister is gluten-free, and your roommate is an acolyte of Michael Pollan. So who’s right? Maybe all four. In new research published this month in…