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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…

All-Star Students

All-Star Students

May 3, 2012

Genevieve Hoffman: Woman of International Mastery by Diane Krieger Condi Rice, look out. Here comes Genevieve P. Hoffman. The Class of 2012 valedictorian has what it takes to make tidal waves in Washington, D.C., according…

Kwasi Connor: Sampling Mussels off Catalina Island

The Long Way Home

May 2, 2012

Late one night in 2006, Kwasi Connor entered a dark, empty laboratory at California State University, Los Angeles. Connor, now a Ph.D. candidate in USC Dornsife, had worked at the lab for two years under the tutelage of…

Steve A. Kay currently serves as dean of biological sciences at the University of California, San Diego. Photo courtesy of the University of California, San Diego.

Kay Named New Dean of USC Dornsife

May 1, 2012

Steve A. Kay has been appointed the 21st dean of USC Dornsife, the university announced today. He will lead USC Dornsife starting this Fall. Kay, who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), currently serves as…

As a research assistant in Matthew Dean’s lab, Amanda Johnston performs polymerase chain reactions to analyze rodent DNA and determine their genotypes.

Cracking the Code

April 22, 2012

    Student researcher: Amanda Johnston Major: Biological sciences Minor: Spanish Year: Senior Student funding sources: Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR), Summer Undergraduate Research…

Photos by Brad Wilson.

Being Human

April 22, 2012

We humans are unique animals. Each of us may define what it means to be human differently. We place value in memory, form cultures, innovate, question the purpose of life, and dream of the future. Since the beginning of our…

Perfect Vision

Perfect Vision

April 22, 2012

At the Cold War’s dusk, history graduate Wolf Gruner swung a hammer at the Berlin Wall. For years, the East Berliner had been involved in a cultural underground movement against the communist regime. Now Gruner’s…

Participants at a recent symposium celebrating 30 years of computational biology at USC Dornsife, and the birthdays of Michael Waterman (right center) and Simon Tavaré (left center), pioneers in the field who developed the program in USC Dornsife. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Computational Biology Turns 30 at USC Dornsife

April 18, 2012

This year marks three decades of research in computational biology at USC Dornsife. The year 1982 is also when Michael Waterman arrived at USC. The USC Associates Chair in Natural Sciences and University Professor of…

Benjamin Kay, science teacher at Santa Monica High School (center), is surrounded by members of two teams from his school that participated in the 2012 QuikSCience Challenge. Some are members of the team that placed first in the competition this year for their project, "Reducing Carbon Emissions." Photo by DJ Kast.

Students Take on the QuikSCience Challenge

April 17, 2012

USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies staff members are busy escorting several hundred students from middle and high schools to the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island as part of their reward for…

Kelvin Davies is the James E. Birren Chair in Gerontology and professor of gerontology and biological sciences. Photo by Christine O'Donnell.

Scientists Identify Major Source of Cells’ Defense Against Oxidative Stress

April 12, 2012

Both radiation and many forms of chemotherapy try to kill tumors by causing oxidative stress in cancer cells. New research from USC on a protein that protects cancer and other cells from these stresses could one day help…