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Researchers in Jed Fuhrman’s lab collect water samples at the San Pedro Ocean Time Series (SPOT) site, midway between Los Angeles and Catalina Island. Photo by Elizabeth Teel.

NSF Support for Probe of Microbes

March 19, 2012

Researchers with the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, housed in USC Dornsife, have received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the composition and complexity of marine…

USC Dornsife alumna Sarah Greene, who earned a Ph.D. in geological studies in 2011, and Rowan Martindale, a doctoral candidate in earth sciences, contributed to a recent study that looks at geological records for evidence that mass extinction events may have been caused by ocean acidification.

Earth's Past Is Warning for the Future

March 6, 2012

When the Earth’s carbon dioxide level increased at a rapid rate during the Triassic-Jurassic period 200 million years ago, nearly half the ocean’s marine life became extinct. USC Dornsife geologists contributed to…

Professor Ada Yonath discusses the chicken-or-the-egg conundrum at a USC event. Photo by Dennis Martinez.

Nobel Laureate Visits USC, Inspires Students

March 2, 2012

Ada Yonath, one of just four women ever to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, told USC students last month what it takes to be a successful scientist: curiosity, passion and perseverance. Yonath, professor of structural…

Analyzing Life on a Molecular Level

Analyzing Life on a Molecular Level

March 1, 2012

Three faculty members in USC Dornsife’s Department of Biological Sciences received research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop and apply innovative methods to analyze data on proteins, genes…

In addition to conducting research and leading USC’s regenerative medicine and biology efforts, Andrew P. McMahon will teach undergraduates each year in USC Dornsife, fulfilling a commitment to helping students learn basic scientific concepts.

Andrew McMahon to Join USC Dornsife's Department of Biological Sciences

February 16, 2012

Biologist Andrew P. McMahon will leave Harvard University to join the Keck School of Medicine of USC on July 1 as a Provost Professor and the inaugural holder of the W. M. Keck Professorship of Stem Cell Biology and…

Ray R. Irani (left) and Michael Waterman have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Ray Irani, Michael Waterman Elected to NAE

February 10, 2012

USC trustee Ray R. Irani Ph.D. ’57 and USC University Professor Michael Waterman have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). An alumnus of USC Dornsife, Irani is executive chairman of the…

The study by senior author Valter Longo and his team found that fasting and chemotherapy combined can greatly improve survival. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Fasting Weakens Cancer in Mice

February 9, 2012

Man may not live by bread alone, but cancer in animals appears less resilient, judging by a study that found chemotherapy drugs work better when combined with cycles of short, severe fasting. Even fasting on its own…

USC Dornsife's Katrina Edwards, left, examines a sample during a deep-sea expedition. Photo by Bill Crawford.

Life Discovered on Dead Hydrothermal Vents

January 27, 2012

Scientists at USC have uncovered evidence that even when hydrothermal sea vents go dormant and their blistering warmth turns to frigid cold, life goes on. Or rather, it is replaced. A team led by USC Dornsife microbiologist…

Understanding the structure of the human genome is critical to understanding its function as a whole, according to USC Dornsife’s Lin Chen.

Scientists Create First 3-D Map of Human Genome

January 3, 2012

For the first time, scientists have developed a method for generating accurate three-dimensional models of the entire DNA strand of a cell, known as a genome. The genome plays a central role in the functions of almost all…

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has elected as fellows USC Dornsife's Donal Manahan, professor of biological sciences and vice dean of students; Anthony Michaels, professor of biological sciences; and Mathew McCubbins, provost professor of business, law and political economy. Manahan photo by Jie Gu; Michaels photo by Phil Channing, McCubbins photo courtesy of Mathew McCubbins.

Three USC Dornsife Professors Elected as AAAS Fellows

December 23, 2011

Three USC Dornsife professors have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), recognizing their contributions to science and technology. AAAS — known colloquially as…