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Colored rendering showing feather extent in <em>Microraptor gui</em>. Drawing by David Krentz.

Look! Up in the Sky!

November 2, 2012

The mystery of how dinosaurs first began to fly may have finally been cracked by a USC Dornsife-led team of scientists whose groundbreaking study has been honored by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP). The…

After earning an honorary degree from the Open University of Catalonia, University Professor Hanna Damasio of USC Dornsife notes that technical progress permits a fruitful crossroads where cognitive neuroscience meets with social and political sciences, economics, humanities, medicine, neurology, psychiatry and pediatrics. Photo courtesy of Open University of Catalonia.

Damasio Celebrated in Spain

November 2, 2012

University Professor Hanna Damasio, Dana Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and professor of psychology and neurology, has received a doctora honoris causa from the prestigious Open University of Catalonia, in Barcelona,…

USC Dornsife mathematicians and new AMS Fellows, from left to right: Eric Friedlander, Solomon Golomb, Susan Friedlander, Susan Montgomery and Francis Bonahon. Absent are Robert Guralnick and Ko Honda. Photo by Susan Bell.

Seven Up

November 1, 2012

Seven of USC Dornsife’s finest mathematicians have been invited by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) to become inaugural fellows of this prestigious association for their distinguished contributions to…

George Sanchez, USC Dornsife’s vice dean for diversity, (middle) stands with past and present USC Dornsife students at a recent Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference in Seattle, Wash. Everett Salas is far left, Cynthia Joseph is in the back row far right and Yadira Ibarra stands in the front row second from the right. Photo courtesy of Yadira Ibarra.

Supporting Diversity in Science

October 31, 2012

As a first-generation college student pursuing a degree in geological sciences, Yadira Ibarra felt like the proverbial stranger in a strange land. At Brown University, there were few women studying earth sciences. And even…

For a National Science Foundation competition, USC Dornsife doctoral student Candy Hwang and her team have created a 90-second video-animated presentation of their research on nitrogen.

Jumping Off the Page

October 29, 2012

Candy Hwang, a second-year doctoral candidate in chemistry and National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow, has swapped the written page for animation. Hwang of USC Dornsife entered “Creating the…

Cable bacteria in the mud along the seafloor. Photo by Mingdong Dong, Jie Song and Nils Risgaard-Petersen/Aarhus University.

Living Power Cables Discovered

October 25, 2012

A multinational research team has discovered filamentous bacteria that function as living power cables in order to transmit electrons thousands of cell lengths away. The Desulfobulbus bacterial cells, which are only a few…

USC Dornsife foreman Donald Wiggins creates a custom part for a scientific experiment. Wiggins has helped move lab experiments forward for 25 years. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Gadgets Galore

October 23, 2012

Lugging a weightlifting bar, a woman in a white summer dress walked in, her expression a mix of relief and exhaustion. Known as the “demo lady” for her demonstrations at physics lectures, she had trekked across…

During a recent symposium honoring USC Distinguished Professor of Chemistry George Olah of USC Dornsife (right) and the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, USC President C. L. Max Nikias praises Olah as "USC's golden treasure." Photo by Rich Schmitt.

Loker Institute, Olah Celebrated

October 23, 2012

Nearly 300 of USC Dornsife Distinguished Professor George Olah’s colleagues and former students arrived from throughout the world to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and…

USC Dornsife researchers are new recipients of highly competitive grants from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Scientists Get Creative

October 18, 2012

Three groups of USC researchers representing chemistry, medicine and chemical engineering are recipients of highly competitive grants from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health…

A new research project led by the USC Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI), housed in USC Dornsife, tracks brain, emotional and social development in children with and without musical training.

The Musical Brain

October 15, 2012

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LA Phil), the USC Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) housed in USC Dornsife, and Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) announced a research collaboration to investigate the emotional, social…