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Jamil Samaan wants to see more Syrian American doctors
After experiencing language barriers, economic disadvantage and lack of access to mentorship on his journey to becoming a doctor, Jamil Samaan created the Syrian American Association of Science and Health to help immigrants like himself. (Photo/Courtesy of Jamil Samaan)

Graduating medical student turns academic success into opportunity for Syrian Americans

For the Syrian-born Jamil Samaan, graduating Saturday from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, more Syrian Americans in science means better care within his community.

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Intelligent workstations
An artificial intelligence-driven workstation designed by USC experts will learn and adjust to worker preferences and patterns with the goal of improving overall well-being. (Illustration/Carl Wiens)

How intelligent workstations will use AI to improve health and happiness

Do you want to be warm or cold? Is it time to stand rather than sit? An interdisciplinary team — made up of designers and USC professors — is using AI to create tech-savvy desks with health and well-being in mind.

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USC scientists determine how melatonin works
The sleep-promoting hormone melatonin (shown as a constellation in the night sky) is synthesized from serotonin (shown as a kite) during night time. Melatonin then connects to the high-affinity receptors (shown at right). Illustration by Yekaterina Kadyshevsk

Unlocking melatonin’s role in the biological clock may mean more than a good night’s sleep

An international team of scientists — including researchers at USC — have created 3D models of melatonin receptors, opening the door to new drugs for health issues beyond sleep.