Skip to main content

Biological Sciences News

Students in the 2011 Guam and Palau class show their USC Dornsife pride. Photo by Jim Haw.

Dispatches from the Oceans of Micronesia

May 19, 2011

What happens when 24 students take to the ocean to study the fragile ecosystems of Micronesia’s coral reefs? Anyone can soon find out as dispatches from the field are posted to Scientific American’s…

The USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies on Catalina Island. Photo by Emily Cavalcanti.

USC Sea Grant Program Hosts International Course at USC Lab on Catalina Island

May 12, 2011

The USC Sea Grant program, part of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies based in the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric…

Sarrah Shahawy '11 - USC Dornsife Valedictorian

Faith Makes All Things Possible

May 9, 2011

During a recent multi-faith celebration on campus, Sarrah Shahawy recited in English and Arabic a verse from the Qur’an emphasizing that in Islam, both genders and all nationalities are considered equal before God. Oh…

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's Susan Forsburg has received the 2011 Roche Diagnostics Alice C. Evans Award from the American Society of Microbiology. Photo credit Eric O'Connell.

Susan Forsburg Recognized for Commitment to Women in Science

February 25, 2011

Susan Forsburg, professor of biological sciences in USC College, has received the 2011 Roche Diagnostics Alice C. Evans Award from the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) for her contributions to the advancement of women in…

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…

Speed Heals

Speed Heals

November 17, 2010

Both the rate and direction of axon growth in the spinal cord can be controlled, according to new research by USC College's Samantha Butler and her collaborators. The study, "The Bone Morphogenetic Protein Roof Plate…

Donal Manahan, professor of biological sciences, is the new vice dean of students in USC College. Photo credit Phil Channing.

Dean Howard Gillman Appoints First Vice Dean of Students for USC College

November 15, 2010

Dean Howard Gillman announced today that he has appointed Donal Manahan, professor of biological sciences, as the first vice dean of students in USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. In his new role, Manahan will…

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…