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Inset: <em>Alexandrium catenella</em> algae, which USC Dornsife biologist David Caron and his colleagues are studying. Photo courtesy of David Caron. Image: Red tide caused by dinoflagellates off the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Pier in La Jolla, Calif., in 2005. Photo by Alejandro Díaz.

Toxic Red Tides: USC Scientist Tracks Neurotoxin-Producing Algae

September 30, 2011

With toxic algal blooms — which can increase the amount of harmful toxins in the shellfish that California residents consume — ramping up in frequency and severity locally, scientists in USC Dornsife have…

USC Dornsife professor Katrina Edwards will lead the two-month trip to a site known as the North Pond.

A Search for Life at the Earth’s Extremes

September 16, 2011

A USC scientist will take a research expedition this month into the heart of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean to explore the very limits of life on Earth. Katrina Edwards of USC Dornsife and Wolfgang Bach of Bremen University will…

Kwasi Connor: Sampling Mussels off Catalina Island

The Importance of Life's Day/Night Cycle

September 14, 2011

USC researchers were surprised recently to discover just how much the rising and setting of the sun drives life on Earth — even in unexpected places. The findings, which appear this month in the Proceedings of the…

Senior author Kelvin J. A. Davies, the James E. Birren Chair in Gerontology and professor of gerontology and biological sciences, holds a joint appointment in USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and USC Dornsife.

Natural Anti-Oxidant Deserts Aging Body

September 1, 2011

When the body fights oxidative damage, it calls up a reservist enzyme that protects cells — but only if those cells are relatively young, a study has found. Biologists at USC discovered major declines in the…

USC Dornsife professors Michael Waterman and Margaret Gatz have been awarded honorary degrees.

USC Dornsife Professors Receive Honorary Degrees

July 29, 2011

Waterman Presented Honorary Doctorate by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody Michael Waterman, widely regarded as the founding father of computational biology, openly admits he has never taken a biology course. There was however a…

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…