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The Importance of Life's Day/Night Cycle

September 14, 2011

USC researchers were surprised recently to discover just how much the rising and setting of the sun drives life on Earth — even in unexpected places. The findings, which appear this month in the Proceedings of the…

USC Dornsife professors Michael Waterman and Margaret Gatz have been awarded honorary degrees.

USC Dornsife Professors Receive Honorary Degrees

July 29, 2011

Waterman Presented Honorary Doctorate by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody Michael Waterman, widely regarded as the founding father of computational biology, openly admits he has never taken a biology course. There was however a…

USC Dornsife’s Simon Tavaré, whose research is in the interface between statistics, probability, and biological and medical sciences, is among 44 newly elected fellows and eight foreign members to the Royal Society. Photo by Phil Channing.

Tavaré Elected to the Royal Society

July 12, 2011

Simon Tavaré, George and Louise Kawamoto Chair in Biological Sciences in USC Dornsife, has been named a fellow of the Royal Society. Tavaré, whose research is in the interface between statistics, probability,…

When Sarah Waliany of USC Dornsife discovered there was no online science magazine for undergraduates on campus, she started one herself. The lead story in <em>USCience Review</em> she is displaying discusses mercury in dental amalgam fillings. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Undergrads Launch Science Blog

June 2, 2011

A group of ingenious USC undergraduates aren’t waiting for that golden opportunity to publish their science articles. They have created their own online science magazine, USCience Review, and are regularly posting…

Ronda Bransteitter, a postdoctoral researcher in molecular biology in USC Dornsife, enjoys playing the piano located in the Ray R. Irani Hall interaction lounge. The upright was a gift from  Patrick and Cindy Haden in 2005. Photo by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

Moonlight Sonata for Scientists

May 23, 2011

When classes let out for the day and buildings around USC campus close for the night, piano tunes from Bach to Coldplay echo through the hallways at Ray R. Irani Hall. The soft sound of fingers dancing across piano keys is a…

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…

Inside each neuron, microtubules carry dendritic and axonal proteins to the dendrite and the axon with the help of motors Myosin Va and Myosin VI. Illustration by Su Hyun Kwon.

Motors on a Mission

March 23, 2011

Within each of our bodies are billions of neurons. These cells relay chemical and electrical signals, forming vast networks that comprise the human nervous system. Within each neuron is a microscopic network of its own, a…

USC College marine biologist David Caron attends a COSEE-West workshop in January. Photo by Peter Tuddenham.

Ocean Education for the Masses

March 21, 2011

USC College scientists are working with staff and volunteers at informal education centers across Southern California to bring the results of their ocean research to education programs aimed at the general public. Funded…

Biological Sciences faculty earn exceptionally high priority scores from the National Institutes of Health. Top row from left: Myron Goodman, Norman Arnheim. Bottom row, from left: Susan Forsburg, Sergey Nuzhdin and Frank Alber.

Molecular and Computational Biology on the Cutting Edge

February 25, 2011

Faculty in USC College’s Department of Biological Sciences earned exceptionally high priority scores from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during the past year, which will translate to generous funding for their…

Emily Liman: Sparkling Study

Sour Research, Sweet Results

November 24, 2010

This Thanksgiving, when you nibble the cranberry sauce and the tartness smacks your tongue as hard as that snide comment from your sister, consider the power of sour. Of the five taste sensations — sweet, bitter,…