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Chemical That Acts Like a Fuel Gauge

Chemical That Acts Like a Fuel Gauge

July 1, 2007

The concept that a drop in blood sugar triggers a craving for food is best understood just before lunchtime. But exactly how the process unfolds has proven difficult to explain, even on a full stomach. Solving the puzzle…

Good Taste Is No Accident

Good Taste Is No Accident

June 1, 2007

Want to take away that bitter taste in your mouth? Wish your children could stomach cod liver oil? New USC research unveils the workings of taste cells and suggests a way to make them work for you. A group led by USC College…

Moral Judgment Fails Without Feelings

Moral Judgment Fails Without Feelings

March 1, 2007

Consider the following scenario: A runaway train car is heading for several workers, who will die if nothing is done. You are on a footbridge over the tracks, next to a large stranger whose weight could stop the train car…

USC Groups Attend Neuroscience Meeting

USC Groups Attend Neuroscience Meeting

October 17, 2006

Highlights from presentations by USC researchers at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting this week and next in Atlanta, Ga. Estrogen Plays Both Sides on Alzheimer’s Hormone replacement therapy can…

USC College Neuroscientist Tapped for Endowed Chair

USC College Neuroscientist Tapped for Endowed Chair

October 1, 2006

Scholar Zhong-Lin Lu, co-director of the Dana and David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center, has been named the William M. Keck Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience in USC College. The chair, which is endowed by the W.M.…

Brain’s Action Center Is All Talk

Brain’s Action Center Is All Talk

September 18, 2006

Neuroscience is tackling a problem that obsessed Hamlet: What is the difference in our minds between talk and action? Less than you would expect, an international research group reports in the Sept. 19 issue of Current…

Thompson to Join National Science Board

Thompson to Join National Science Board

June 22, 2006

President George W. Bush has nominated prominent USC neuroscientist Richard Thompson to the National Science Board. The 24-member board may be the most influential science policy group in the country, directing the National…

Neuroscience Research Institute Launched

Neuroscience Research Institute Launched

November 1, 2005

New University Park-focused Institute replaces the Program in Neural, Informational and Behavioral Sciences By Eva Emerson November 2005 Neuroscientists describe learning as a process in which new experiences lead to a…

College Professors Blazing the Trail in Research: Three Receive International Honors

College Professors Blazing the Trail in Research: Three Receive International Honors

August 1, 2005

A neuroscientist, a computational biologist and an organic chemist — all three professors in USC College — have won national and international honors for their outstanding research. University Professor Michael…

Long unappreciated and ignored, brain’s glial cells get their due

Long unappreciated and ignored, brain’s glial cells get their due

June 1, 2005

USC College neuroscientist’s studies reveal critical role of “support” cells in brain and nervous system—and provide a reason for hope in the battle against neurological disease and injury. By…