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A multitude of freshmen arrived on campus the week before the fall semester begins Aug. 24. Here, students roll their belongings into New Residence Hall. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Their Adventure Begins

August 21, 2009

  Joy with a tinge of heartache was evident throughout campus on Move-In Day Aug. 19, as students unpacked boxes and plastic storage tubs in various residence halls with the help of their parents. Farewell scenes were…

Frank Alber of molecular and computational biology in USC College has been named 2009 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Solving the Nuclear Pore Puzzle

August 18, 2009

Computational biochemist Frank Alber compares determining the architecture of a macromolecular machine to solving a jigsaw puzzle. "Let's say the jigsaw puzzle has thousands of pieces," said Alber, assistant professor of…

The Power of Attorney

The Power of Attorney

August 14, 2009

A hushed gallery watches as the defense attorney, dapper in a navy pants suit and rectangular glasses, gestures dramatically with her hands. "Events will show that the two exchanged heated words," says Lisa Cui, pacing the…

Henry Clark explores Mendocino, Calif. The professor emeritus of religion in USC College was a lover of the great outdoors. Clark died the night of July 23. Photo courtesy of the Clark family.

In Memoriam: Henry B. Clark II, 78

August 12, 2009

Henry B. Clark II, professor emeritus of religion in USC College and champion of social justice, has died. He was 78.  Clark had spent two weeks in July at a lakeside cabin in Vermont with his children and grandchildren.…

Carol Muske-Dukes, professor of English in USC College, was appointed California Poet Laureate by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo credit Carlos Puma.

Elegant Elocution

August 10, 2009

"I write poetry because I have no choice. I've always been haunted by words, by the music of words," said Carol Muske-Dukes, professor of English and California Poet Laureate. A prominent and influential contemporary poet,…

Candid on Credit

Candid on Credit

August 4, 2009

Kelly McNamara Corley '82 is a problem solver. She believes barriers — legal, cultural, financial — can be overcome with persistence, discipline, fearlessness and humility. And she is exactly the type of leader the…

Blair Jason (left) and Annie Gillman stand in a section of the Oriental Pearl Tower. Photo courtesy of Jason and Gillman.

Learning from ‘On Top of the World’

July 30, 2009

A tall, mysterious edifice looms over Shanghai. The Oriental Pearl Tower, located in the Pudong district, juts out of the landscape as if from another place and time. USC College undergraduates Annie Gillman and Blair Jason…

John Carlos Rowe, USC Associates Chair in Humanities, is chair of USC College's Department of American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE). The department uses civic engagement to create scholarship and societal change, Rowe said. Photo credit Kristin Rowe.

Appending the Rules of (Civic) Engagement

July 27, 2009

Lady Bird Johnson said the clash of ideas is the sound of freedom. For USC College's Department of American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE), diverse ideas are also the gateway to research and scholarship that can create societal…

George Sánchez, professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, stands in front of a statue of Governor of Las Californias Felip de Neve at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. Sánchez had met with scholars and community members at L.A.'s birthplace. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

The Bridge Builder

July 27, 2009

On a fall Saturday morning, parents pushed strollers along the Mexican marketplace on Olvera Street, cheerful despite an incessant drizzle. Near the birthplace of Los Angeles, a small group of scholars and community members…

Faculty Notes

July 24, 2009

George Olah Elected to the National Academy of Engineering   Arieh Warshel Elected to the National Academy of Sciences   Saori Katada Awarded NEH Fellowship   T.C. Boyle Inducted into American Academy of…