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Kristen Cavinder during the Miss America pageant's gown competition. The USC College alumna was a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda service and honor society. Photo credit Zimbio, Inc.

From Ball Gown to Lab Coat

February 16, 2010

At first glance, Kristen "Kristy" Cavinder '09 may appear to be your typical pageant queen. At 21, the Orange County native has a radiant smile, fluid grace, and the natural confidence of someone who knows that others are…

The Neuroscience Era

The Chatter of Neurons

April 23, 2009

Close your eyes. Extend your arms and let your fingertips explore your surroundings. What textures and shapes do you feel? What can you infer about your immediate environment simply through touch? Just as your hands glide…

Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute in USC College. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Nobler Instincts Take Time

April 14, 2009

Emotions linked to our moral sense awaken slowly in the mind, according to a new study from a neuroscience group led by corresponding author Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute in USC College. The…

USC College’s Michael Arbib, Sarah Bottjer and Myron Goodman share honor from leading scientific society.

USC College’s Michael Arbib, Sarah Bottjer and Myron Goodman share honor from leading scientific society.

December 1, 2008

USC College claims three of the five USC scientists named this year as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of their outstanding contributions in science and engineering. Michael…

Meet the Class of 2012

Meet the Class of 2012

December 1, 2008

One student likens conducting scientific research to playing the violin. Another found research inspiration in his adolescent acne. Still another, awed by the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh and intrigued by the artist’s…

A Chilling Sensation

A Chilling Sensation

February 1, 2008

  For the first time, neuroscientists have visualized cold fibers — strands reaching from sensory neurons near the spinal cord to nerve endings in the skin tuned to sense different types of cold. The study and…

Damasio and Quick Kick Off First Fridays

Damasio and Quick Kick Off First Fridays

January 1, 2008

  The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s popular First Fridays programs return Jan. 4 with a program on “Conscious Minds and the Minds of Others” that features two USC College…

The Dornsifes and the Damasios celebrate at the ceremony for the endowed chairs in 2006. From left: Antonio Damasio, David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and professor of psychology and neurology; Hanna Damasio, Dana Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and professor of psychology and neurology; and David and Dana Dornsife, who pledged $1 million to fund the top priorities for the BCI.

On Your Mark, Get Set, GO!

November 1, 2007

Combine a philanthropic husband and wife who love neuroscience with world-renowned neuroscience researchers who are also a husband and wife team — the result: a partnership leading to cutting-edge research in how the…

How Does the Brain Recognize a Face?

How Does the Brain Recognize a Face?

November 1, 2007

The smile of the Mona Lisa may remain forever ineffable, but at least now science can measure the difference between the real thing and its many imitations. A team of neuroscientists including Irving Biederman, the holder of…

How Sweet It Is

How Sweet It Is

October 1, 2007

About three years ago, Casey Donovan, professor of kinesiology in USC College, had hit a wall. His groundbreaking research into the body’s physical sensors for hypoglycemia — how the body knows when there is too…