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USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay (center) with University of Bristol's Alistair Hetherington, Melville Wills Chair in Botany, and the university's chancellor The Right Honourable the Baroness Hale of Richmond. Photo by Ede and Ravenscroft Photography Ltd.

USC Dornsife Dean Receives Honorary Degree

January 30, 2014

A native of the British island of Jersey located off the coast of France, USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay remembers arriving at the University of Bristol on the United Kingdom’s mainland as a wide-eyed 17-year-old. Devoting…

Sean Curran and Shanshan Pang studied <em>C. elegans</em>, a one-millimeter-long worm that scientists have used as a model organism since the 1970s. Image by Alexander Lopez.

You Are as Old as You Eat

January 29, 2014

Your best friend swears by the Paleo Diet. Your boss loves Atkins. Your sister is gluten-free, and your roommate is an acolyte of Michael Pollan. So who’s right? Maybe all four. In new research published this month in…

The breakthrough research of USC Dornsife’s Moh El-Naggar has earned him the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stage of their careers. Photo by Matt Meindl.

A Presidential Honoree

January 28, 2014

USC Dornsife’s Moh El-Naggar first got an inkling he was being considered for a presidential award several months ago when he received an email requesting his permission to authorize an FBI background check. But it…

University Professor Michael Waterman, recipient of the 2013 People’s Republic of China Friendship Award, has been elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences in recognition of his scientific and educational contributions in China.

Pacific Rim Professor

January 22, 2014

After winning the 2013 People’s Republic of China Friendship Award last Fall, University Professor Michael Waterman has been elected a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The USC Dornsife professor of biological…

An overpass that collapsed on Highway 10 (now SR 42) in the Northridge/Reseda area at the epicenter of the earthquake in 1994. Since the quake, the Southern California Earthquake Center, based at USC Dornsife, has created a clearer picture of earthquake risks faced by regions throughout Southern California.

Strides in Earthquake Science

January 17, 2014

Twenty years ago, a fault that scientists didn’t even know existed slipped, triggering a massive 6.7 magnitude earthquake centered beneath the San Fernando Valley, with shockwaves rippling throughout the greater Los…

The 190,000-square-foot USC Michelson Center will stand in the southwest quadrant of the University Park campus, home to most of the science and engineering buildings.

$50 Million Gift Funds Convergent Bioscience

January 13, 2014

Gary K. Michelson, retired orthopaedic spinal surgeon whose groundbreaking work generated more than 955 issued or pending patents worldwide, has donated $50 million to USC to fund the USC Michelson Center for Convergent…

During presentations at the California Science Center, USC Dornsife students found simple ways to demonstrate complex concepts such as propulsion in a space shuttle like the Atlantis liftoff in 2010 shown here.

Dissolving Away Confusion

January 9, 2014

USC Dornsife senior Vahak Bairamian dropped an Alka-Seltzer tablet into a small plastic container filled with water and closed the lid. The container was encased in a long, vertical tube. The audience at the California…

Valter Longo, professor of biological sciences at USC Dornsife with a joint appointment at the USC Davis School of Gerontology, researches genes that control aging. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Rock of Ages

January 8, 2014

Growing up in Genoa, Italy, Valter Longo spent countless hours emulating the guitar style of Jimi Hendrix. At 16, he moved to Chicago to take jazz guitar lessons before heading to the University of North Texas to continue his…

USC Dornsife's Meghan Miller at the southernmost seismic station deployment in Morocco. Photo courtesy of Meghan Miller.

Floating Mountains

January 6, 2014

The Atlas Mountains defy the standard model for mountain structure in which high topography must have deep roots for support, according to a new study from earth scientists at USC Dornsife. In a new model, the researchers…

The Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE), housed at USC Dornsife, contributed to reports that ensured low-income communities of color would have access to the benefits of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's solar rooftop feed-in tariff program. Workers are seen here installing solar panels on a building. Photo courtesy of Fort Dix/U.S. Army Environmental Command.

A Place in the Sun

December 19, 2013

Gleaming rows of solar panels lined the rooftop of the Oxnard Plaza Apartments in North Hollywood, Calif. Then-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa flipped a switch to “on.” The June 2013 event marked the first…