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Professor of Chemistry Vadim Cherezov and his team focused on a molecule that is structurally similar to the body’s natural ligands. Photo by Ryan Young.

Unlocking Pain Relief

February 20, 2015

“If you know how the binding physically works, you can design molecules to target the specific receptor sites and generate specific responses,” said Vadim Cherezov, professor of chemistry at USC Dornsife and…

Self-proclaimed visionary Maria Paula Acuña holds a Polaroid photograph taken by a follower purporting to show proof of the presence of the Virgin Mary. Photo by Matt Gainer.

Looking the Wrong Way

February 20, 2015

Standing amid the desolate beauty of the California desert, hundreds of people raise instamatic cameras to snap pictures of a cloudless, cerulean sky. Others drop to their knees beside their cars and pick-up trucks, yet more…

Male feminists take part in a 1980 protest. Photo by Rick Cote.

Upstream and Downstream

February 4, 2015

A slew of news stories renewed discussion about gender-based violence in the past year. From sexual assaults on college campuses to the NFL’s reaction to domestic violence, those stories suggest there is plenty of work…

Alberto Robador, postdoctoral researcher at USC Dornsife, seen here at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro aboard USC’s Miss Christi, is lead author of a paper on the new microbes published by <em>Frontiers in Microbiology</em>. Photo courtesy of Alberto Robador.

Beneath the Sea

January 15, 2015

Two miles below the surface of the ocean, researchers have discovered new microbes that “breathe” sulfate. The microbes, which have yet to be classified and named, exist in massive undersea aquifers —…

Professor of Economics Arie Kapteyn and co-authors of a new study found significant evidence that supplementing the income of the elderly poor improved their health. Photo by Roger Snider.

Income Boosts Health of Elderly

December 22, 2014

Boosting the incomes of poor, elderly residents in developing countries can significantly improve their health and well-being, particularly in lung function and memory, according to a new study released today.

 The study,…

Jacob Soll’s book <em>The Reckoning</em> has drawn considerable attention in Portugal and Greece. Here, Soll participates in an event this month at American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce’s 25th Annual Economic Forum in Athens. Photos courtesy of Jacob Soll.

Achieving Accountability

December 16, 2014

In November and December, Jacob Soll, professor of history and accounting at USC Dornsife and the USC Leventhal School of Accounting, traveled to Portugal and Greece, countries that have dealt with serious financial crises in…

“These patterns call out for explanation,” Arthur Stone says of Gallup World Poll data showing great variety among how people in various countries report their own well-being. Photo courtesy of Arthur Stone.

As Young as You Feel

November 20, 2014

The trajectory of how satisfied you are with life across the life span is driven, in part, by where you’re from. Using the Gallup World Poll, an ongoing survey of more than 160 countries, USC Dornsife’s Arthur…

What will happen when the world population expands to 9.6 billion by 2050 and twice as much food is needed? Researchers are studying ways to feed the world. Illustrations by The Heads of State for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

Appetite for Change

November 19, 2014

Walking into the supermarket, browsing the seemingly endless rows of fresh produce and canned goods, it’s hard to fathom a food shortage. But with the current world population of 7.2 billion expected to explode to 9.6…

Alumna, author and motivational speaker Barbara Jo “BJ” Gallagher is also an animal lover. Here, she holds her half Pekingese, half Chow, Fannie. Photo by Andy Stolarek.

Fan Your Feathers

November 19, 2014

It may look like she’s walking her dog, but Barbara Jo “BJ” Gallagher is actually sketching out plot lines for her next book in her head. Or she’s thinking about her next keynote speech. Gallagher is…

A close-up shot of oyster mushrooms (<em>Pleurotus ostreatus</em>).

The Search for a Wild Weed

November 10, 2014

A native New Yorker from Flushing, Queens, Ava Chin forages throughout the five boroughs and the Tri-State Area, writing about her finds for publications such as The New York Times and Saveur magazine. Her memoir Eating…