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"We want undergraduates, graduates and colleagues not to take their visual surroundings for granted. And to think intelligently and questioningly about what use we make of images. And, in a sense, the use that images make of us." - Kate Flint, Provost Professor of English and Art History, leader of the USC Dornsife 2020 research cluster “Seeing 20/20: The USC Visual Studies Research Institute."

The Future...Not What It Used to Be

August 2, 2012

USC Dornsife 2020 calls for professors to identify a theme of great societal importance for years to come and form research groups to investigate solutions. Each cluster includes faculty, undergraduate and graduate students,…

Scientists conduct research on vitamin B deficient zones in the ocean aboard a University of Hawaii vessel. Photo by Paul Lethaby.

Vitamin ‘Deserts’ in the Ocean Identified

July 25, 2012

Using a newly developed analytical technique, a team led by USC Dornsife scientists was the first to identify long-hypothesized vitamin B deficient zones in the ocean. “This is another twist to what limits life in the…

USC Dornsife junior and senior geology majors in Malaga, Spain. Photo courtesy of John Platt.

Spain Rocks

July 13, 2012

For some people, rocks are those pesky objects that sometimes find their way into your shoes. But for aspiring geologists, who study how rocks came to be, the aggregate of minerals provide a looking glass into the past. Was…

Dion Dickman studies synapse development, function and plasticity. The New Scholar Award in Aging will fund his research into the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in the nervous system during the aging process. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Dion Dickman Wins Award to Fund Research on Neurobiology of Aging

July 3, 2012

Dion Dickman, assistant professor of biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has received a 2012 New Scholar Award in Aging from the Ellison Medical Foundation. Over the next four years, the $400,000 award will fund…

G. K. Surya Prakash and Sri Narayan recently were recognized for their contributions to the field of chemistry. Parkash photo by Phillip Channing.

Chemistry Professors Elected to Prestigious Science Societies

June 28, 2012

Two stars of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute have been recognized for their ongoing achievements with elections to academic societies. G. K. Surya Prakash, director at the institute, was elected as a fellow of…

A vehicular accident after his freshman year at USC impacted Bob Padgett’s life in ways he could not have expected. The event helped the emergency room physician discover his passion for medicine and desire to help others. Photo by Max S. Gerber.

An Accident with Purpose

June 25, 2012

On a bright day in 1964, Bob Padgett drove a company Ford van down two-lane Highway 4 from Hayward, Calif., to a construction site in Pittsburg, a 43-mile trip, and rounded the top of a small hill. Without any warning signage…

This artist's rendition created from a photograph of Antarctica shows what Antarctica possibly looked like during the middle Miocene epoch, based on pollen fossil data. Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Dr. Philip Bart, LSU

Antarctica Warmer 20 Million Years Ago

June 18, 2012

Ancient Antarctica was warmer and wetter than previously suspected, enough to support vegetation along its edges, according to a new study led by USC Dornsife’s Sarah Feakins. By examining the remnants of plant leaf wax…

Quantum computers use quantum bits, or qubits, which can encode a one and a zero at the same time. Photo courtesy of D-Wave Systems Inc.

Quantum Computers Could Help Search Engines Keep Up With the Internet’s Growth

June 12, 2012

Most people don’t think twice about how Internet search engines work. You type in a word or phrase, hit enter and poof — a list of Web pages pops up, organized by relevance. Behind the scenes, a lot of math goes…

USC Dornsife assistant professor Sean Curran speaks to Manchester Avenue Elementary School students at its sixth annual science fair. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Science Ed: Never Too Cool for School

June 8, 2012

“How long do people live?” USC Dornsife’s Sean Curran asked a crowd of students at Manchester Avenue Elementary School. “Until they die,” one student quipped. “Good answer!” laughed…

Matthew Pratt, assistant professor of chemistry and biological sciences in USC Dornsife, has been named a 2012 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovator for his discovery of a possible link between metabolism and protein modification in cancer. Pratt's focuses on understanding how chemical modification affects the function and expands the diversity of proteins, which participate in nearly all operations in a cell. Photo by Ben Pack.

Risk and Reward

June 8, 2012

The Damon Runyon Cancer Foundation supports young scientists with creative, groundbreaking ideas leading to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Unlike many larger organizations, it funds research in its earliest…