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In USC's inaugural science-themed filmmaking competition, USC Dornsife's Kevin Le and USC School of Cinematic Arts' Edward Saavedra, sophomores, took top prize for their short movie, <em>Time</em>, which explains why times moves forward and never back. Shown here is Salvador Dali's 1931 melting clock painting, <em>The Persistence of Memory</em>. Image © 2007 Salvador Dalí, Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Time Flies

February 17, 2012

To learn why time moves only forward one must first understand a fundamental law of physics: the increase of entropy. The law describes the tendency for systems to go from a state of higher organization to disorder. Consider…

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USC Sea Grant Funds Studies of "Urban Ocean" Issues

February 17, 2012

The University of Southern California Sea Grant Program has awarded $727,700 to support seven new research projects led by researchers at universities throughout California. The studies look at issues such fish contamination,…

Emotional Economics

Emotional Economics

February 17, 2012

You’re watching Steven Spielberg’s original Jaws for the first time. At the sound of the two threatening cello notes — dun dun — and the sight of a dorsal fin, tension builds and your heart beats like…

In addition to conducting research and leading USC’s regenerative medicine and biology efforts, Andrew P. McMahon will teach undergraduates each year in USC Dornsife, fulfilling a commitment to helping students learn basic scientific concepts.

Andrew McMahon to Join USC Dornsife's Department of Biological Sciences

February 16, 2012

Biologist Andrew P. McMahon will leave Harvard University to join the Keck School of Medicine of USC on July 1 as a Provost Professor and the inaugural holder of the W. M. Keck Professorship of Stem Cell Biology and…

Mark Benthien, director for communication, education and outreach for the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) and executive director of the Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA), which are both headquartered in USC Dornsife, has been named a White House Champion of Change for his international work. Photo courtesy of John Marquis.

Mark Benthien Honored by the White House

February 10, 2012

The 6.7-magnitude Northridge earthquake that shook Southern California in 1994 did more than rattle Mark Benthien out of his bed at UCLA. It reaffirmed his commitment to earthquake preparedness. After that quake, which killed…

Ray R. Irani (left) and Michael Waterman have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Ray Irani, Michael Waterman Elected to NAE

February 10, 2012

USC trustee Ray R. Irani Ph.D. ’57 and USC University Professor Michael Waterman have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). An alumnus of USC Dornsife, Irani is executive chairman of the…

The study by senior author Valter Longo and his team found that fasting and chemotherapy combined can greatly improve survival. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Fasting Weakens Cancer in Mice

February 9, 2012

Man may not live by bread alone, but cancer in animals appears less resilient, judging by a study that found chemotherapy drugs work better when combined with cycles of short, severe fasting. Even fasting on its own…

USC Dornsife Launches the Dornsife Scholars Program

USC Dornsife Launches the Dornsife Scholars Program

February 8, 2012

This Spring, the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences introduces the Dornsife Scholars Program to recognize its outstanding graduating seniors whose academic achievements across all spheres of…

USC President C. L. Max Nikias visits Norwood Elementary

President Nikias Visits a Young Scientists Program Lab

February 8, 2012

During USC President C. L. Max Nikias’s recent visit to USC Family of Schools site Norwood Street Elementary, one highlight was a stop at a classroom that houses the Young Scientists Program (YSP). Under the auspices of…

"We want undergraduates, graduates and colleagues not to take their visual surroundings for granted. And to think intelligently and questioningly about what use we make of images. And, in a sense, the use that images make of us." - Kate Flint, Provost Professor of English and Art History, leader of the USC Dornsife 2020 research cluster “Seeing 20/20: The USC Visual Studies Research Institute.”

The Future...Not What It Used to Be

January 31, 2012

A New American Narrative The year is 2042. If you are white and living in the United States, you are a minority, according to Census Bureau projections. “By 2042, the U.S. is going to look completely different in terms…