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DNA was first identified in the late 1860s by Swiss chemist Friedrich Miescher, but nearly a century would pass before the famous three-dimensional double-helix structure would come to the fore. Fast forward another six decades to the present day, and science has laid bare the human genome in its entirety. Illustrations by Janice Kun.

Molecular You

May 24, 2016

Upbringing and circumstance — and the consequences of a lifetime of decisions — all shape us to varying degrees. And the environment undoubtedly plays some role. But, at the core of it all is our genetics, the…

A recognized authority on the interface between science and policy, Amber Miller is the new dean of USC Dornsife, effective Aug. 16. Photo courtesy of Amber Miller.

Physicist Amber Miller named new dean of USC Dornsife

May 18, 2016

Amber Miller, dean of science for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University, has been named the dean of USC Dornsife, effective Aug. 16. USC Provost Michael Quick announced the appointment today on behalf of USC…

Photo by Mike Glier.

Commencement 2016: The Big Day is Here

May 13, 2016

Graduates, families and friends — more than 60,000 in all — participated in USC’s Commencement 2016 festivities on campus on Friday, May 13. Amid the various events, USC Dornsife conferred 1,622 Bachelor of…

Neuroscience major Adrienne Visani will be honored as one of two Class of 2016 salutatorians at USC's 133rd Commencement.

Sleep is a waste of time for salutatorian Adrienne Visani

May 12, 2016

Adrienne Visani gets very little sleep. That’s the only rational explanation for her extraordinary resume. Fortunately, her body demands only five or six hours a night. Even that small concession she makes…

Sol Golomb, University Professor, Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Mathematics and holder of the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Chair in Communications. Photo by Will Taylor.

In Memoriam: Sol Golomb, 83

May 9, 2016

Solomon Golomb, a legendary and longtime electrical engineering and mathematics professor whose pioneering work helped spark the digital communications revolution, has died. He was 83. Golomb, who held joint appointments in…

USC Dornsife's 2016 Fulbright Fellows

Fulbright Fellows Worldwide

May 9, 2016

This year, 12 USC Dornsife undergraduate and graduate students and alumni earned Fulbright Fellowships. A Fulbright grant supports a year of independent study, research and teaching in one of more than 140 countries. This…

Meet three USC Dornsife graduating seniors: Brooke Kidner, Will Orr and Kirsten Herr.

Scholarship, service and success mark three students’ academic journeys

May 4, 2016

Brooke Kidner: Willing and Able Photo by Mike Glier. It was 2014, and Brooke Kidner was in the hospital again. She was combating severe nausea, headaches and chronic nerve pain, and was sleeping nearly 20 hours a…

Hooding doctors of poetry and paleontology

Hooding doctors of poetry and paleontology

May 4, 2016

Elizabeth Petsios: Appreciating Disaster Liz Petsios traveled frequently to collect rock samples for her doctoral research on ecosystems after a mass extinction. Photo courtesy of Liz Petsios. Elizabeth (Liz) Petsios…

Students at Leichty Middle School transplant seedlings into their new aquaponics system. Photo by Linda Chilton.

USC Wrigley Institute introduces aquaponics to local K-12 students

April 21, 2016

Although the term “aquaponics” was coined in the ’70s, the practice of cultivating food by using the by-products of one aquatic species as fertilizer for another has been used for almost a millennium. In…

While environmental scientists and geologists play a key role in addressing issues like climate change, USC Dornsife scholars emphasize that understanding our natural environment crosses virtually every field of study.

Dornsife scholars discuss how research in the social sciences and humanities helps address global environmental challenges

April 15, 2016

With climate change in the news every day, many students entering college feel passionate about making their mark on creating a more sustainable future. But is it possible to be an environmentalist without majoring in geology…