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The Great California ShakeOut

Los Angeles' 8.8 Wake-Up Call

October 15, 2010

"We live in earthquake country and every day is earthquake season." This is Tom Jordan's mantra. The director of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) based in USC College notes that while residents elsewhere in…

President C. L. Max Nikias speaks about the future of USC at his inauguration ceremony on Friday, Oct. 15. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

Inauguration of C. L. Max Nikias

October 15, 2010

In a momentous celebration that drew 7,500 members of the Trojan Family and local community, C. L. Max Nikias was inaugurated as USC’s 11th president on Oct. 15. The former USC executive vice president and provost…

Break in Curveball Too Good to be True

Breaking Curveball Too Good to Be True

October 15, 2010

Curveballs curve and fastballs go really fast, but new research suggests that no pitcher can make a curveball "break" or a fastball "rise." Led by Arthur Shapiro of American University and Zhong-Lin Lu of USC College, the…

Based in USC College, the statistics minor is open to undergraduates university-wide and can enhance any major. Classes begin in the spring. Image courtesy of Amstat News and the American Statistical Association.

Turning Data into Information

October 13, 2010

For Today's Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics. That headline in The New York Times says it best. Internet-age statisticians are finding themselves increasingly in demand, the recent article purports, even cool. “I…

Methanol: An Alternative Energy Source

Methanol, a Fuel for the Future

October 12, 2010

Tapped by USC in 1977 during the world oil crisis to start a hydrocarbon institute from the ground floor, George Olah headed west, where he was more than up for the challenge. Olah, the Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and…

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Microbial Hair: It's Electric

October 12, 2010

Some bacteria grow electrical hair that lets them link up in big biological circuits, according to a USC College biophysicist and his collaborators. The finding suggests that microbial colonies may survive, communicate and…

Retired senator and legal expert Kevin Murray has been appointed USC College Politician-in-Residence. Photo courtesy of Kevin Murry.

Sen. Kevin Murray Appointed USC College Politician-in-Residence

October 11, 2010

Like executive heavyweights Michael Eisner and David Geffen, retired Senator Kevin Murray started his impressive career in the William Morris Agency's mailroom in Beverly Hills. Rising to become senior vice president, he…

Masters of Liberal Studies alumna Karen Holden '09

Karen Holden '09 Presents Project at AGLSP

October 11, 2010

On Oct. 8, 2010, Master of Liberal Studies alumna Karen Holden (’09) gave a presentation at the 2010 AGLSP Conference in Dallas, Texas. In her presentation “Re: The Los Angeles River: An Urban Exploration,”…

Wearing her OECD T-shirt, Lauren Goodwin (right) chats with students and hands out material about the organization during a development fair she held on University Park campus. Photo credit Monisha Sabnis.

Global NGO's First USC Ambassador is College Undergrad

October 8, 2010

Lauren Goodwin's involvement with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation (OECD) began in Fall 2009 with her study abroad experience in Paris. Or precisely, it began right before she left. She typed in "large NGOs in…

Institute of Modern Russian Culture Director John Bowlt stands next to a phonograph collection and original sound recordings of music and historic voices of Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin and Leo Tolstoy. Bowlt has been awarded the Russian Federation Order of Friendship for his considerable contributions to disseminate Russian cultural accomplishments. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

President Medvedev Awards John Bowlt Friendship Order

October 5, 2010

John Bowlt, professor of Slavic languages and literatures in USC College, has been awarded the prestigious Russian Federation Order of Friendship. Bowlt received the official certificate signed by Russian Federation President…