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Researchers found atherosclerosis in 34 percent of the mummies studied, according to a recent study led by University Professor Caleb Finch, who has a joint appointment in USC Dornsife and the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Photo courtesy of <em>The Lancet</em>.

Lessons From Mummy

March 13, 2013

Like nearly 4.6 million Americans, ancient hunter-gatherers also suffered from clogged arteries, revealing that the plaque buildup causing blood clots, heart attacks and strokes is not just a result of fatty diets or couch…

In his latest book, <em>Planet Without Apes</em>, leading primatologist Craig Stanford of USC Dornsife demands that we consider whether we can live with the consequences of wiping our closest relatives off the face of the Earth. Portrait photo by Philip Channing.

Planet Without Apes?

November 16, 2012

Great apes could face extinction within our lifetime, biologist Craig Stanford of USC Dornsife warns in his new book Planet Without Apes (Harvard University Press). The four species of great apes — chimpanzees,…

Scott Fraser

Provost Appoints New Biological Sciences Professor

November 9, 2012

USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett has announced the appointment of Scott Fraser as Provost Professor of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering and the Director of Science Initiatives. Fraser is a world leader in imaging…

USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay, holder of the Anna H. Bing Dean’s Chair and professor of biological sciences, envisions USC as a preeminent destination for emerging themes in science and technology. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Educate, Enrich and Empower

November 8, 2012

In an inspiring installation speech, Dean Steve Kay on Wednesday set the tone for his administration, sharing his mantra as the 21st dean of USC Dornsife: educate, enrich and empower. “We must educate our students to…

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 by Craig Stanford.

Into the Forest

October 8, 2012

In late September, USC Dornsife Ph.D. student Maureen McCarthy traveled 9,000 miles from Los Angeles to Hoima, Uganda, to begin a year devoted to collecting chimpanzee poop. While that may seem like an unusual way to spend a…

Jan Amend, professor of earth sciences and biological sciences in USC Dornsife, will lead an interdisciplinary team of researchers in an investigation into what life teems within Earth's subsurface biosphere. Their approach could become a template for collecting evidence of life or past life on extraterrestrial planetary bodies such as Mars. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Detecting Life Beyond Earth

September 21, 2012

A team of researchers led by Jan Amend, professor of earth sciences and biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has been selected to join the prestigious NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI), an organization of competitively…

Don Arnold is the recipient of a 2012 Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award presented by the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. Arnold will use the funding to study how intracellular antibody-like molecules called intrabodies can be used to target and eliminate proteins in living cells. Photo by Jie Gu.

Arnold Wins McKnight Award

July 27, 2012

Don Arnold, associate professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has received the 2012 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award. The award supports scientists working on new and unusual approaches to…

Dion Dickman studies synapse development, function and plasticity. The New Scholar Award in Aging will fund his research into the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in the nervous system during the aging process. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Dion Dickman Wins Award to Fund Research on Neurobiology of Aging

July 3, 2012

Dion Dickman, assistant professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has received a 2012 New Scholar Award in Aging from the Ellison Medical Foundation. Over the next four years, the $400,000 award will fund…

Matthew Pratt, assistant professor of chemistry and biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has been named a 2012 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovator for his discovery of a possible link between metabolism and protein modification in cancer. Pratt's focuses on understanding how chemical modification affects the function and expands the diversity of proteins, which participate in nearly all operations in a cell. Photo by Ben Pack.

Risk and Reward

June 8, 2012

The Damon Runyon Cancer Foundation supports young scientists with creative, groundbreaking ideas leading to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Unlike many larger organizations, it funds research in its earliest…

From left, professors Kelvin Davies and Enrique Cadenas with consul general of France in Los Angeles David Martinon, USC provost Elizabeth Garrett and USC president C. L. Max Nikias Photo by Dennis Martinez.

USC Professors Cadenas and Davies Knighted by France

May 10, 2012

Two USC professors were knighted on May 9 by an Order of the French Republic, among the highest civilian decorations awarded in France. Kelvin J. A. Davies, James E. Birren Professor of Gerontology at the USC Davis School…