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USC Dornsife professor Larry Swanson is among the Society for Neuroscience's earliest members. Photo by Carin Baer.

Swanson Elected President of Society for Neuroscience

July 26, 2011

Larry Swanson, Milo Don and Lucille Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences in USC Dornsife, has been elected president-elect of the Society for Neuroscience. During his one-year term as president between 2012 and 2013,…

USC Dornsife’s Simon Tavaré, whose research is in the interface between statistics, probability, and biological and medical sciences, is among 44 newly elected fellows and eight foreign members to the Royal Society. Photo by Phil Channing.

Tavaré Elected to the Royal Society

July 12, 2011

Simon Tavaré, George and Louise Kawamoto Chair in Biological Sciences in USC Dornsife, has been named a fellow of the Royal Society. Tavaré, whose research is in the interface between statistics, probability,…

The Genius of a Disorderly Enzyme

The Genius of a Disorderly Enzyme

June 24, 2011

Why is antibody diversity important? Think about it like this, said Myron Goodman: “Why don’t you die when I sneeze? It’s because you have a powerful immune system. And the way to get a decent immune system…

Ann Muscat (Ph.D., biological sciences, '83) is president and CEO of the Catalina Island Conservancy in Avalon, Calif. Photo by Jack Baldelli.

Keeper of the Wild

June 13, 2011

Ann Muscat walks up the sun-dappled path of Catalina Island’s Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden, the sand crunching beneath the heels of her hiking boots. While quails call from beneath the rare Catalina mahogany…

When Sarah Waliany of USC Dornsife discovered there was no online science magazine for undergraduates on campus, she started one herself. The lead story in <em>USCience Review</em> she is displaying discusses mercury in dental amalgam fillings. Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

Undergrads Launch Science Blog

June 2, 2011

A group of ingenious USC undergraduates aren’t waiting for that golden opportunity to publish their science articles. They have created their own online science magazine, USCience Review, and are regularly posting…

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…