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George Sanchez, USC Dornsife’s vice dean for diversity, (middle) stands with past and present USC Dornsife students at a recent Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference in Seattle, Wash. Everett Salas is far left, Cynthia Joseph is in the back row far right and Yadira Ibarra stands in the front row second from the right. Photo courtesy of Yadira Ibarra.

Supporting Diversity in Science

October 31, 2012

As a first-generation college student pursuing a degree in geological sciences, Yadira Ibarra felt like the proverbial stranger in a strange land. At Brown University, there were few women studying earth sciences. And even…

For a National Science Foundation competition, USC Dornsife doctoral student Candy Hwang and her team have created a 90-second video-animated presentation of their research on nitrogen.

Jumping Off the Page

October 29, 2012

Candy Hwang, a second-year doctoral candidate in chemistry and National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow, has swapped the written page for animation. Hwang of USC Dornsife entered “Creating the…

USC Dornsife geophysicists Meghan Miller and Thorsten Becker conducting fieldwork in Morocco. Photo courtesy of Meghan Miller and Thorsten Becker.

Why Do the Caribbean Islands Arc?

August 20, 2012

The Caribbean islands have been pushed east over the past 50 million years, driven by the movement of the Earth’s viscous mantle against the more rooted South American continent, new research by geophysicists in USC…

Scientists conduct research on vitamin B deficient zones in the ocean aboard a University of Hawaii vessel. Photo by Paul Lethaby.

Vitamin ‘Deserts’ in the Ocean Identified

July 25, 2012

Using a newly developed analytical technique, a team led by USC Dornsife scientists was the first to identify long-hypothesized vitamin B deficient zones in the ocean. “This is another twist to what limits life in the…

This artist's rendition created from a photograph of Antarctica shows what Antarctica possibly looked like during the middle Miocene epoch, based on pollen fossil data. Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Dr. Philip Bart, LSU

Antarctica Warmer 20 Million Years Ago

June 18, 2012

Ancient Antarctica was warmer and wetter than previously suspected, enough to support vegetation along its edges, according to a new study led by USC Dornsife’s Sarah Feakins. By examining the remnants of plant leaf wax…

Quantum computers use quantum bits, or qubits, which can encode a one and a zero at the same time. Photo courtesy of D-Wave Systems Inc.

Quantum Computers Could Help Search Engines Keep Up With the Internet’s Growth

June 12, 2012

Most people don’t think twice about how Internet search engines work. You type in a word or phrase, hit enter and poof — a list of Web pages pops up, organized by relevance. Behind the scenes, a lot of math goes…

Researchers in Jed Fuhrman’s lab collect water samples at the San Pedro Ocean Time Series (SPOT) site, midway between Los Angeles and Catalina Island. Photo by Elizabeth Teel.

NSF Support for Probe of Microbes

March 19, 2012

Researchers with the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, housed in USC Dornsife, have received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the composition and complexity of marine…

Travis Williams, assistant professor of chemistry in USC Dornsife. Photo by Dennis Martinez.

USC Breakthrough in Hydrogen Fuel Cells

September 1, 2011

A team of USC Dornsife scientists has developed a robust, efficient method of using hydrogen as a fuel source. Hydrogen makes a great fuel because it can be converted easily to electricity in a fuel cell and because it is…

USC College marine biologist David Caron attends a COSEE-West workshop in January. Photo by Peter Tuddenham.

Ocean Education for the Masses

March 21, 2011

USC College scientists are working with staff and volunteers at informal education centers across Southern California to bring the results of their ocean research to education programs aimed at the general public. Funded…

Cara Magnabosco roughs it during her research in the Svalbard Islands, halfway between Norway and the North Pole. Photo courtesy of Al Werner.

One Bear of a Research Trip

November 9, 2010

Dressed in layers of thermal underwear, a wool sweater, raincoat and balaclava, Cara Magnabosco trekked 2 1/2 miles in below-freezing weather lugging 30 pounds of gear to her research destination each morning. That's how…