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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,…

Student, Athlete, Physician,  Hero

For the Love of Giving

November 1, 2010

“The most difficult Latin I translated was Cicero,” began Dr. William Stetson, an orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Burbank, Calif., and a 1982 graduate of USC College. “I spent more time on my…

Biodiversity Targets for the Future

Biodiversity Targets for the Future

October 22, 2010

In Sichuan province, China, there is an abundance of orchards but no bees. "Thousands of people are hired to climb fruit trees and hand-pollinate the flowers with small brushes, because natural pollinators like bees have been…

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…

Moh El-Naggar

Microbial Hair: It's Electric

October 12, 2010

Some bacteria grow electrical hair that lets them link up in big biological circuits, according to a USC College biophysicist and his collaborators. The finding suggests that microbial colonies may survive, communicate and…

Chimpanzees are found from Western Africa across the continent to East Africa. At one time, there were 50,000 or more chimps in Uganda. Now there are about 5,000 as a result of logging, the encroachment of villages, trapping, snare devices and other reasons. Photo credit Craig Stanford.

Chasing Chimps

September 16, 2010

Roaming a Myrtle green swath of forest in the Pearl of Africa, Maureen McCarthy attaches what looks like an oversized electric-yellow iPhone to a long stick and extends it skyward in a tiny clearing among a canopy of…

Susan Friedlander, professor of mathematics, is the director of the USC Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences (CAMS). Photo credit Laurie Moore.

USC Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences Turns 20

August 25, 2010

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the USC Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences (CAMS), a research unit housed in USC College's Department of Mathematics. Susan Friedlander, professor of mathematics and CAMS' fourth…

Cool Science

Cool Science

August 12, 2010

At the bottom of the Earth — the planet's coldest, driest, windiest place — the sky radiates a lavender-yellow hue in the midnight sun.  Whiter than milk, the blanket of ice seems infinite. Amid the…

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…