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The world's oil and gas reserves are expected to run dry this century. USC Dornsife's George Olah and G.K. Surya Prakash's methanol economy has emerged as an alternative.

Sun Sets on Oil Wells

November 9, 2011

For more than 20 years, George Olah and G.K. Surya Prakash have quietly and consistently worked toward saving the world. The USC Dornsife professors’ solutions were recently featured in the Journal of the American…

60-Second Seminars: Ange-Marie Hancock

Rotary-Dial Politics in an iPhone World

November 7, 2011

Picture this scene from an episode of the NBC sitcom 30 Rock: Two characters Tracy Jordan and Jenna Maroney face off, both of them fuming. Tracy, a black male, is wearing a woman’s wig and a hot pink blazer, his face…

USC Dornsife sociologist Veronica Terriquez. Photo by Laurie Moore.

Unions a Catalyst for Civic Engagement, USC Study Finds

October 20, 2011

Labor union experiences lead Latino immigrants to greater civic participation, a USC Dornsife study found. The findings suggest that members independently and, without prompting from the union, draw upon their skills to bring…

A team of researchers led by Chien-Ping Ko, professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has generated the first extensive study of severe denervation occurring in specific muscles affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy, the leading genetic cause of infant mortality.

USC Scientist Targets Genetic Cause of Infant Mortality

October 12, 2011

The disease is heartbreaking. It turns babies into ragdolls and extinguishes lives just as they are getting started. But one USC Dornsife scientist is working to unravel the mystery behind the leading genetic cause of infant…

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…

In the experiment, people were given popcorn before entering a theatre – some buckets were fresh; others were stale.

Habit Makes Bad Food Too Easy to Swallow

September 8, 2011

Do you always get popcorn at the movies? Or snack while you’re on the couch watching television? A new paper by USC researchers revealed why bad eating habits persist even when the food we’re eating doesn’t…

USC Dornsife's Giorgio Coricelli measured activity in the brain associated with rewards and social reasoning.

Peer Pressure? It's Hardwired Into Our Brains

September 8, 2011

The rewards outweigh the risks — when you’re in a group, anyway. A new USC study explains why people take stupid chances, when all of their friends are watching, that they would never take by themselves. …

The first issue of <em>Ilios</em> featured four long-form essays. Topics included the Russia-Chechnya conflicts, an examination of Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophies, a discussion on the failures of the International Criminal Court, and an exploration of the symbols of justice in world mythology.

A Light on Political Thought

September 7, 2011

Beginning in Fall 2010, a small group of students and their faculty adviser, Anthony Kammas, gathered for meetings in a shady corner of the Carolyn Craig Franklin Garden on the north side of the Doheny Memorial Library. In…

Travis Williams, assistant professor of chemistry in USC Dornsife. Photo by Dennis Martinez.

USC Breakthrough in Hydrogen Fuel Cells

September 1, 2011

A team of USC Dornsife scientists has developed a robust, efficient method of using hydrogen as a fuel source. Hydrogen makes a great fuel because it can be converted easily to electricity in a fuel cell and because it is…

Daniel Walker speaks at the recent Passing the Mantle  Institute gathering for African American clergy and lay leaders at USC. Photo by Malllory Carra.

Keeping the Black Church of Los Angeles Alive

August 25, 2011

From the influence of President Barack Obama to the recession and housing crisis, the needs and realities of the African American community in Los Angeles have changed — and Daniel Walker believes that the Black Church…