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Magnus Nordborg of molecular and computational biology is the senior author of the study, and postdoctoral researcher Susanna Atwell is the co-first author.

Searching for Genes Behind a Trait

March 25, 2010

A method pioneered to find the genetic basis of human diseases also holds promise for locating the genes behind important traits in plants, according to a study published online on March 24 by the journal Nature. A large team…

Donal Manahan is the director of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies and the study’s senior author. Photo credit Roger Snider.

Donal Manahan Studies Growth of Oysters

March 24, 2010

In physical, as in financial growth, it’s not what you make but what you keep that counts, USC marine biologists believe. Their study of genes associated with growth in oysters suggests that slow-growing animals waste…

Michel Baudry (right), professor of biological sciences and biomedical engineering, and neuroscience graduate student Sohila Zadran research the cellular-level chain of events behind the learning and memory process. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

The Mechanisms of Memory

March 9, 2010

It’s not a unique situation in scientific research to have a hypothesis disputed. But finally having visual evidence that basically closes the books on decades of scientific debate is a unique and sweet success. For…

A diver works with an underwater acoustic receiver at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island as part of a project supported by the USC Sea Grant program. Photo credit Chris Lowe.

USC Sea Grant Director Headed to China Workshop

March 2, 2010

Linda Duguay, director of the USC Sea Grant program, has been selected to participate in a National Science Foundation workshop in China to discuss a foundation-supported ocean science education project and its possible…

USC College's Katrina J. Edwards has been recommended for an award of a $25 million National Science Foundation grant to establish a new science and technology center. Photo credit Philip Channing.

USC Awarded $25 Million NSF Grant for New Center to Study the Deep Biosphere

February 19, 2010

Katrina J. Edwards, professor of biological sciences and Earth sciences in the University of Southern California's College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, has been recommended for an award of a $25 million NSF grant to…

Winner of the Provost's Mentoring Award 2009, USC College's Hanna Reisler (center front) stands with her students and postdocs in her chemistry lab. From left, Laura Edwards and Lee Ch'ng. Back row from left, Mikhail Ryazanov, Blithe Casterline and Andrew Mollner. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Good Listener, Great Mentor

February 16, 2010

A decade ago, Hanna Reisler, professor of chemistry in USC College, started a monthly brownbag lunch for women in sciences across departments, providing a place to relax and air issues. The networking group thrives today,…

Kristen Cavinder during the Miss America pageant's gown competition. The USC College alumna was a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda service and honor society. Photo credit Zimbio, Inc.

From Ball Gown to Lab Coat

February 16, 2010

At first glance, Kristen "Kristy" Cavinder '09 may appear to be your typical pageant queen. At 21, the Orange County native has a radiant smile, fluid grace, and the natural confidence of someone who knows that others are…

Professor of physics and astronomy, and leading expert on superstring theory Clifford Johnson. Photo credit Philip Channing.

A Quantum Leap into the Blogosphere

February 5, 2010

First, the highly popular Asymptotia is not a science blog. It's a blog that happens to be written by a scientist. Clifford Johnson, professor of physics and astronomy in USC College, blogs about his life and vast interests.…

From top left, Jayme “Mea” Tsutsuse, Graham Harris, Ethan Rubio; from bottom left, Damaris Garcia, Scarlett Royston, Erik Peterson. Photos credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Nothing Routine About 2013

January 27, 2010

USC College’s new group of freshmen, the Class of 2013, is extraordinary. Some are entering the university already world travelers. They are not only intelligent but talented; they are dancers, singers, actors and…

Faculty Notes

January 25, 2010

Alber Named 2009 Pew Scholar Frank Alber, assistant professor of biological sciences, will get closer to determining the architecture of a macromolecular machine after being named a 2009 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical…