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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…

Photo by Phil Channing.

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…

USC Dornsife professor Katrina Edwards will lead the two-month trip to a site known as the North Pond.

A Search for Life at the Earth’s Extremes

September 16, 2011

A USC scientist will take a research expedition this month into the heart of the Mid-Atlantic Ocean to explore the very limits of life on Earth. Katrina Edwards of USC Dornsife and Wolfgang Bach of Bremen University will…

Wayne Wu (M.S., mathematics, '92) is president and CEO of Pacific Health Investment, Inc. in Orange County, Calif. Photo by Carlos Puma.

Beam of Hope

September 15, 2011

A benign brain tumor was pressing against a young woman’s optic nerve. She faced a medical Catch-22: remove the tumor via a complicated surgery with a high likelihood of destroying the nerve, or closely monitor the tumor…

Kwasi Connor: Sampling Mussels off Catalina Island

The Importance of Life's Day/Night Cycle

September 14, 2011

USC researchers were surprised recently to discover just how much the rising and setting of the sun drives life on Earth — even in unexpected places. The findings, which appear this month in the Proceedings of the…

USC Dornsife's George Olah (right) accepts the Széchenyi-nagydíj Grand Prize award from József Pálinkás, president of the Hungarian Academy of Science, during a ceremony at the Bel Air Crest Clubhouse Sept. 8. Photos by Steve Cohn.

Hungary Honors Native Son George Olah

September 9, 2011

George Olah was born May 22, 1927, in his parents’ apartment in the Pest part of Budapest, Hungary, off the iconic Andrássy Avenue and across from the magnificent state opera house. Many opera company conductors,…

Meet USC Dornsife's New Faculty

September 7, 2011

USC Dornsife welcomed 27 new faculty members in the 2011-12 academic year. Hailing from universities around the world, this year’s group of scholars are some of the best and brightest in the nation, bringing with them…