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First-Year Investigations: Justin Farshidi

November 3, 2011

Justin Farshidi San Marino, California Undecided Justin Farshidi openly admits he can’t envision himself in a specific career. With interests from biology to business, the incoming student is searching for his…

From left, Christina Zdawczyk, Francisco Rios Casas and Shamoiya Washington. Illustrations by Joel Kimmel

FYI Peer Mentors

November 3, 2011

Christina Zdawczyk La Cañada, California Neuroscience and East Asian Languages and Cultures Before Christina Zdawczyk heard about her grandfather slinging a medical bag over his shoulder and making house calls on…

Decisions, Decisions

Decisions, Decisions

November 1, 2011

Everything in life requires making decisions. Even deciding when — or if — to get out of bed. “Or choosing what to wear,” said Wendy Wood, Provost Professor of Psychology and Business. “How much…

Researchers will use statistical and computational tools to analyze vast quantities of genetic data and establish a network of disease connections.

A Digital Landscape of Diseases

October 18, 2011

USC Dornsife scientists and their colleagues have been awarded a $5.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study disease connections as part of a collective of research centers. Jasmine Zhou,…

USC Dornsife's David Bottjer is searching for clues to the future by examining the past. Photo by Philip Channing.

And the Microbes Shall Inherit the Earth

October 12, 2011

Global warming is not a novel phenomenon, and by studying what happened to the planet during a period of global warming about 250 million years ago, one USC Dornsife scientist hopes to discover what could happen to us this…

A team of researchers led by Chien-Ping Ko, professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has generated the first extensive study of severe denervation occurring in specific muscles affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy, the leading genetic cause of infant mortality.

USC Scientist Targets Genetic Cause of Infant Mortality

October 12, 2011

The disease is heartbreaking. It turns babies into ragdolls and extinguishes lives just as they are getting started. But one USC Dornsife scientist is working to unravel the mystery behind the leading genetic cause of infant…

Skylab astronaut and USC alumnus Jerry Carr presented Simca Bouma, a USC Dornsife student majoring in mathematics and physics, with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. The Astronaut Scholarship is the largest monetary award given in the United States to science and engineering undergraduate students based solely on merit. Photo by Jie Gu.

USC Dornsife Undergrad Named Astronaut Scholar

October 5, 2011

Skylab astronaut and USC alumnus Jerry Carr presented USC Dornsife student Simca Bouma with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) during a public presentation and ceremony. The event was held…

Inset: <em>Alexandrium catenella</em> algae, which USC Dornsife biologist David Caron and his colleagues are studying. Photo courtesy of David Caron. Image: Red tide caused by dinoflagellates off the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Pier in La Jolla, Calif., in 2005. Photo by Alejandro Díaz.

Toxic Red Tides: USC Scientist Tracks Neurotoxin-Producing Algae

September 30, 2011

With toxic algal blooms — which can increase the amount of harmful toxins in the shellfish that California residents consume — ramping up in frequency and severity locally, scientists in USC Dornsife have…

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Bringing Out Your Best

September 28, 2011

Incoming undergraduates, would you like an engraved invitation to visit your professors during their office hours? Now you have one. Designated as Dornsife Faculty Fellows, 27 professors in USC Dornsife are building…

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…