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USC Sloan Fellow sustainable energy research
Chemist Smaranda Marinescu, left, studies methods of storing energy from sunlight and other renewable sources. She recently received a prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. (USC Photo/Rhonda Hillbery)

Childhood love of chemistry leads to large-scale energy research and coveted Sloan Fellowship

After being inspired by science as a child in Romania, Smaranda Marinescu draws inspiration from nature to develop efficient and inexpensive catalysts for harnessing energy from renewable sources.

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Using technology to fight genocide: Myanmar
Andrew Marx and his team used smallsat imagery to analyze minority Rohingya villages in Myanmar such as the one burned in 2017, top, while neighboring Rakhine villages, below, were left intact. (Image/Courtesy of Andrew Marx)

Scientists use satellite technology to detect and ultimately prevent genocide

At USC Dornsife’s Spatial Sciences Institute, Andrew Marx uses satellites and data such as crowdsourced mapping to analyze and inform human migration and refugee policy.

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AI and endangered species: Bistria Dilkina
USC computer scientist Bistra Dilklina develops artificial intelligence tools that could help conservationists expand their work and bring species back from the brink of extinction. (USC Photo/Caitlin Dawson)

How a USC artificial intelligence expert is saving endangered species, one algorithm at a time

Bistra Dilkina and her graduate students help to address environmental needs, from predicting where poachers are likely to strike to designing wildlife reserves and preventing the spread of invasive species.