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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…

In USC’s first filmmaking competition centered on the sciences, Clifford Johnson and Anna Krylov of USC Dornsife envision entries on any kind of film genre imaginable. What if Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert were scientists in the classic romantic comedy <em>It Happened One Night</em>?

It Happened One Night (in the Lab)

September 20, 2011

Envision a romantic comedy with a science-based plot. The leading roles are biologists, let’s say, working in the same lab, using Schizoaccharomyces pombe to find a cure for cancer. Love ensues, followed by some…

USC Dornsife's George Olah (right) accepts the Széchenyi-nagydíj Grand Prize award from József Pálinkás, president of the Hungarian Academy of Science, during a ceremony at the Bel Air Crest Clubhouse Sept. 8. Photos by Steve Cohn.

Hungary Honors Native Son George Olah

September 9, 2011

George Olah was born May 22, 1927, in his parents’ apartment in the Pest part of Budapest, Hungary, off the iconic Andrássy Avenue and across from the magnificent state opera house. Many opera company conductors,…

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…

Quantum computing uses quantum bits, or qubits, to encode information in the form of ones and zeros.

USC Scientists Contribute to a Breakthrough in Quantum Computing

July 21, 2011

Scientists have taken the next major step toward quantum computing, which will use quantum mechanics to revolutionize the way information is processed. Quantum computers will capitalize on the mind-bending properties of …

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…

Alexander Benderskii, associate professor of chemistry and senior author of the new study in <em>Nature</em>.

Water’s Surface Not All Wet

June 8, 2011

Air and water meet over most of the earth’s surface, but exactly where one ends and the other begins turns out to be a surprisingly subtle question. A new study in Nature narrows the boundary to just one quarter of…

Ronda Bransteitter, a postdoctoral researcher in molecular biology in USC Dornsife, enjoys playing the piano located in the Ray R. Irani Hall interaction lounge. The upright was a gift from  Patrick and Cindy Haden in 2005. Photo by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

Moonlight Sonata for Scientists

May 23, 2011

When classes let out for the day and buildings around USC campus close for the night, piano tunes from Bach to Coldplay echo through the hallways at Ray R. Irani Hall. The soft sound of fingers dancing across piano keys is a…

Alisa Rogers (M.S., chemistry, '79) is co-founder of Optical Air Data Systems and Catch the Wind in Manassas, Va. Photo by Jeffrey MacMillan.

Winds of Fortune

April 24, 2011

Alisa Rogers finished 10th grade and was already headed to Syracuse University. But before leaving her Baltimore high school, she met her future husband and business partner. Philip Rogers was a brilliant young student who…

USC College's Mark Thompson has ranked 12th in Thomson Reuters’ Science Watch list as one of the world’s most influential chemists. Photo credit Max S. Gerber.

Topping the List

March 2, 2011

Mark Thompson, professor of chemistry, materials science and environmental sciences in USC College, has ranked 12th in Thomson Reuters’ Science Watch list as one of the world’s most influential chemists. The…