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USC Dornsife's Scott Kanoski studies the way the brain controls how and why we eat. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

‘Hunger hormone’ turns eating less into eating more

December 15, 2015

Looking to avoid overeating during those big holiday meals? You might want to avoid fasting in the days beforehand. Cycles of food restriction unleash a “hunger hormone” that increases the capacity to eat more…

Cancer cells proliferate at a more accelerated speed than healthy ones. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Researcher hopes to use fluorescence to target tumors

December 14, 2015

Cancer usually manifests itself in tumors that proliferate quickly. This happens because tumor cells have higher quantities of cell surface growth factors than regular ones, which causes them to develop at accelerated…

Contrasting projections of 21st century precipitation from two of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change models. The left panel shows a projection from Japan's Model for Interdisciplinary research on Climate (MIROC) and the right depicts projections from the United States' Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). The MIROC model projects a drying over the western U.S. during the 21st century, whereas the GFDL model projects wetter conditions. Image courtesy of Lowell Stott.

El Niño and beyond: How to predict climate change

December 10, 2015

In 2014, the Pacific Ocean was primed for a strong El Niño season. Warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures across the central and eastern equatorial Pacific led scientists to believe that conditions would provide…

USC Dornsife senior Moriah Mulroe and alumna Anu Ramachandran ’13 are the recipients of a coveted 2016 Marshall Scholarship to pursue graduate study in the United Kingdom.

Two winners of prestigious 2016 Marshall Scholarships hail from USC Dornsife

December 7, 2015

USC Dornsife biochemistry and geological sciences major Moriah Mulroe, a senior, and USC Dornsife alumna Anu Ramachandran ’13 have each been awarded a 2016 Marshall Scholarship. They are the latest of 11 Trojans to win…

USC Dornsife Holiday Video 2015

The Art and Science of Stars

December 7, 2015

Share USC Dornsife’s holiday greetings with your family and friends on YouTube. View our holiday card online:  

Red dye marks lipids in the soma of a normal worm. Photo courtesy of Sean Curran.

Procreation trumps survival — even on a cellular level

December 3, 2015

A newly discovered biological mechanism channels a mother’s available energy — in the form of fat — straight to the reproductive system during stressful times, protecting future offspring at the cost of the…

The Bridge@USC

The Bridge@USC

December 2, 2015

Learn how scientists at The Bridge@USC are building the first atomic resolution structure of man to tackle “impossible” health challenges. Read more  

#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday

December 1, 2015

Every day USC Dornsife students, faculty and alumni are leading change on the frontlines of cutting-edge research and discovery that will transform our world and how we live in it. The generosity of thousands of alumni,…

The nuclear membrane previously was thought to be mostly just a protective bubble around the nuclear material. Illustration by Taeyhun Ryu, Brett Spatola, Laetitia Delebaere and Irene Chiolo.

Nuclear membrane repairs the ‘dark matter’ of DNA

November 30, 2015

Scientists have found a new function of the nuclear membrane, the envelope that encases and protects DNA in the nucleus of a cell — it fixes potentially fatal breaks in DNA strands. The nuclear membrane previously was…

A new master’s program at USC will train students from the disciplines of social sciences and computer science to navigate the fields of data analytics and spatial informatics.

New master’s in spatial sciences focuses on big data

November 30, 2015

It’s difficult to refute: Big data is revolutionizing all industries, from health care and security to environmental sustainability and transportation. As companies grapple with the challenges and anticipate the…