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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…

Interim Dean of USC Dornsife Dani Byrd, left, and USC Provost Michael Quick flank Arieh Warshel in this photo taken during Nobel laureate Warshel’s 75th birthday celebration at USC. Photos by Steve Cohn.

USC honors Nobel laureate Arieh Warshel on his 75th birthday

November 25, 2015

Distinguished scientists, including three Nobel laureates, from some of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions gathered this past weekend on USC’s University Park Campus to honor Arieh Warshel,…

While most obesity researchers avoid gathering data on major “food” holidays, for psychologist Donna Spruijt-Metz Thanksgiving offers an invaluable opportunity to monitor familial interactions and how they influence eating.

Thanksgiving offers data frenzy for obesity researchers

November 24, 2015

It’s Thanksgiving. The turkey is carved, potatoes are adequately mashed, and a buffet of pumpkin, pecan and apple pies lines the counter ready to be sliced as soon as the dinner plates have been cleared. You think to…

USC Dornsife’s Moh El-Nagger is installed as the inaugural holder of the Robert D. Beyer (’81) Early Career Chair in Natural Sciences at a Nov. 10 ceremony. From left: USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay; Robert Beyer; Catherine Beyer (wife of Robert Beyer); Elizabeth Cochran (wife of Moh El-Naggar); Moh El-Naggar; Provost Michael Quick. Photo by Steve Cohn.

El-Naggar installed as first holder of Beyer Chair

November 18, 2015

USC Provost Michael Quick praised Moh El-Naggar, assistant professor of physics, biological sciences, and chemistry, as a “great contributor” to USC Dornsife for both his research and his teaching. The remarks came…

Alzheimer’s disease can affect men and women differently. Photo by Mark Spearman.

Men with Alzheimer’s gene at risk of brain bleeding

November 16, 2015

A common genetic variation that is linked to Alzheimer’s disease greatly raises the likelihood of tiny brain bleeds in some men, scientists have found. These “microbleeds” leave small points of damage…

Solomon Golomb is being honored for his work in space communications. Photo by Luke Fisher.

Solomon Golomb to Receive Franklin Medal

November 13, 2015

Solomon Golomb, University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, has been selected to receive the Franklin Institute’s 2016 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering.…

Advancing Aquaponics

Advancing Aquaponics

October 27, 2015

Environmental studies students Jacqueline Hernandez ’17 and Natalie Kra ’17 helped build the new aquaponics system at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center on California’s Catalina Island.

Hanna Damasio and Antonio Damasio receive Doctor Honoris Causa degrees at a formal ceremony held at the Sorbonne in Paris on Sept. 17. Photos by Julien Hay.

French Honors

October 22, 2015

Two USC Dornsife professors have received honorary degrees from the Université Paris Descartes — more widely known as the Sorbonne — for their pioneering work in psychology. University Professor Antonio…

The emotion of gratitude is important in social behavior, according to the study’s senior author. Photo courtesy of iStock.

Tracking Gratitude

October 20, 2015

Neuroscientists have mapped how the human brain experiences gratitude with help from an unexpected resource: the testimonies of Holocaust survivors. “In the midst of this awful tragedy, there were many acts of bravery…

The Bridge@USC's Undergraduate Research Program

Scientists in Training

October 15, 2015

Through the BUGS program, The Bridge@USC researchers prepare undergraduates and high school students to be the next generation of innovators.