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Tyler Prize laureates Richard Alley (left) and Veerabdran "Ram" Ramanathan celebrate during a reception held at the Tyler Environmental Prize Pavilion at USC. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Tyler Prize Laureates On Global Warming

May 1, 2009

Scientists estimating ice-sheet shrinkage and subsequent sea-level rising would occur in the next century believe the phenomenon is happening now, glaciologist Richard Alley said during a lecture at USC. "They said the ice…

The Neuroscience Era

The Chatter of Neurons

April 23, 2009

Close your eyes. Extend your arms and let your fingertips explore your surroundings. What textures and shapes do you feel? What can you infer about your immediate environment simply through touch? Just as your hands glide…

Chemistry senior Marie Anne Cuevas took two top prizes in the undergraduate symposium for her research on nanocrystals and their applications to nanocomposite dielectrics. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Remarkable at Any Rate

April 22, 2009

A former high school cheerleader interested in studying theater, Marie Anne Cuevas may seem an unlikely student to excel in nanoscience. But Cuevas is a quintessential Trojan skillful in both the sciences and humanities.…

Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute in USC College. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Nobler Instincts Take Time

April 14, 2009

Emotions linked to our moral sense awaken slowly in the mind, according to a new study from a neuroscience group led by corresponding author Antonio Damasio, director of the Brain and Creativity Institute in USC College. The…

The Wrigley Institute

Coast Guard Approval for Connection to USC Catalina Campus

April 13, 2009

Travel to the USC campus on Catalina Island became much easier in early April when the U.S. Coast Guard approved passenger travel on a boat owned by USC and operated by the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. The…

The Machine That Goes Ping

The Machine That Goes Ping

April 3, 2009

USC's 454 Life Sciences DNA sequencer is rather humble for a half-million dollar marvel on the frontier of science. "It's the machine that goes ping — sounds really impressive but looks really plain," said John…

John Tower, associate professor of biological sciences, received a grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the effects of aging on fruit flies. Photo credit Laurie Hartzell

A Flying Fountain of Youth

March 27, 2009

Fruit flies may be small enough to squish with your finger when they invade your kitchen, but these tiny creatures may soon play an important role in answering the question: Why does one person live longer than another? John…

Photo credit Theo Jemison

USC Launches Two New Bachelor of Arts Degrees

March 25, 2009

Beginning in fall 2009, USC College will offer admission to two innovative bachelor's degrees in narrative studies and human performance. The Bachelor of Arts in narrative studies is for students interested in developing and…

Black Holes: Eternal Prisons No More

Black Holes: Eternal Prisons No More

March 13, 2009

If you ever fall into a black hole, don't give up. There is a way out! Celebrated physicist, Stephen Hawking, delivered an inspiring speech to a full house in Bovard Auditorium on March 10. USC College Dean Howard Gillman…

USC College associate professor of molecular biology Steven Finkel. Photo credit Philip Channing.

Biofilms: Even Stickier Than Suspected

March 12, 2009

Biofilms are everywhere — in dental plaque and ear canals, on contact lenses and in water pipelines — and the bacteria that make them get more resilient with age, finds a new study in FEMS Microbiology…